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VOL. 35 JANUARY, 1988 MO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


Great God, we sing that mighty hand 
By which supported still we stand: 
The opening year Thy mercy shows; 
Let mercy crown it till it close* 

By day, by night, at home, abroad, 
Still we are guided by our God; 
By His incessant bounty fed, 
By His unerring counsel led. 

With grateful hearts the past we own; 
The future, all to us unknown, 
We to Thy guardian care commit, 
And peaceful leave before Thy feet. 

In scenes exalted or deprest, 
Be Thou our joy, and Thou our rest; 
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise, 
Adored through all our changing days* 

—Philip Doddridge , 1755 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength 
is small, (Proverbs 24:10) 

Glancing up at our Italian cypress tree, I could see 
that it was still standing straight and tall with its 
branches turned up* Snow had fallen for several days 
(the biggest storm for a couple of years) , and we had 
lost some trees under the weight of the heavy load. 
Even in other storms this same tree had bent over nearly 
double, and some of its branches had separated from the 
cone of the tree and bent out like tired wings. But 
this time it stood tall. The secret was simple: the 
tree was stronger than before. 

Our verse tells us we must be strong to stand adver- 
sity, and if we faint it is because we are weak. A new 
year is already here. There are many things about the 
future that we do not know. But one thing we know: 
we will have adversity in 1988. Jesus said, "...In the 
world ye shall have tribulation..." Paul writes, "Yea, 
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suf- 
fer persecution." 

So it is not a question of whether we will have ad- 
versity as Christians, but rather how we will meet that 
adversity. I noticed another fact as I looked at that 
upright cypress. As I said, its branches were snug 
against the ones above them. Only here and there had 
the snow rested on small irregularities, Before, when 
the snow had bent it over, branches also had separated 
and been bowed down with the persistent snowflakes pil- 
ing on more as the branch swung outward. The lesson: 
Don ! t let adversity begin to bring us low or it will 
accumulate more and more. 

This applies in different forms of trouble. One 
hymn says: Each victory will help you 
Some other to win. 


Victory is cumulative and so is defeat. Again it depends 
on our strength. Our adversary knows how to pour on the 
temptation when he sees a yielding, spot. If we show a 
weakness toward becoming discouraged, it is likely that 
more discouragement will come. If we give in to anger, 
it is easier to do so the next time. If we resist these 
temptations, it will be easier in the next encounter. 
It Is no wonder that James says,. M Resist the devil and 
he will flee from you. " One writer says the devil 
watches as he flees and is ever -ready to return if he 
sees us stop resisting. We must pray "Lord, help us, t? 
for we are not strong in our own resources. 

To become strong physically, we do not tackle the 
biggest jobs first or lift the heaviest weights or run'" 
the longest course. We start gradually and, as strength 
in muscles and bones and tendons develops, we can take 
on heavier tasks. 

So Jesus says, "He that is faithful in that which 
Is least is faithful also in much: and he that is un- 
just in the least is unjust also in much." (Luke 16:10) 
1988 will be made up of many many little deeds and tests. 
We may have some crises and big events, too, but mostly 
,our lives will consist of small acts — the understanding 
word, the smiles of cheer, the hand of help. We also 
yield, in small ways to the adversary. Here is the real 
test. If we win in the small choices, the large issues 
will not be hard. 

In the life of Daniel, he made a decision about his 
service to God. He "purposed in his heart." He and his 
friends objected to eating unclean foods, a small thing 
for captives. But God honored them in this and also 
in the large issues where all Babylon was x^atching. 

In life, it is like in school. If we learn the daily, 
easier lessons well, the tests will not be hard to pass. 
Perhaps In our day faithfulness is stressed less and 
less. We do not intend to minimize the grace of God 
and our unqualified dependence on Him. But -God- wants 
to see a good choice. and a resolution in His dependent 
children. He tells us to be faithful. We can empha- 
size this too much only if we begin to think too much 
of our own abilities. 


Paul exhorts us to "be strong in the Lord, and in the 
power of his might." He also says "...for when I am 
weak, then am I strong." God told Paul that "My (God's) 
strength is made perfect in weakness." (ours) John 
wrote to the young men "because ye are strong, and the 
word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the 
wicked one." 

When so many are falling all around us, it is im- 
portant to be strong. 1988 will no doubt see further 
breakdown of the morals of our country. Half of the 
marriages now end in divorce. The attempts of a secu- 
lar government to help the poor, the abused, the wayward 
youth are good as far as they go. But the government 
and the relief organisations cannot get at the root of 
the nation's ills, which is spiritual. Only God's peo- 
ple on earth, His Church, can fill the need and be God's 
channels of mercy by the power of His Spirit. May God 
help us in 1988 to be strong and faithful till Jesus 
comes again. — L.C. 

Be strong I For who can tell when tests will come? 

God needs our lives when we may least suspect. 

Great deeds may be the goal and wish for some, 

But victory in little things is life's true test. 

Be strongl Ten thousand fall at thy right hand. 
God's defense and promise hold for those who strive. 
And only those who truly purpose and stand 
Can turn the tide of evil round their lives. 

Be strongl The wandering ones need help from fear. 
God's people are His channels and His tools on earth. 
Your yielded life can lift and heal and cheer 
And point lost souls away from sin and foolish mirth. 

Be strongl Continue in the hope and joy and faith 
Victory and blessings come to those who persevere. 
Raise the banner of love o'er those who fail and faint. 
Pray that God's mercy and grace will reach us here. 
Be strongl The New Year lies before like new-laid snow; 
Your footprints and your deeds can count for good. 
Enter the year with courage and strength to show 
Adversity will only strengthen those who walk with God* 



Do we as parents realize our great responsibility? 
God has entrusted great treasures to us, and we are to 
raise our children to honor, glorify and serve Him. I'm 
sure all of us feel our weakness, and none of us have 
anything to brag about. And who of us could tell some- 
one else how to raise their children? We do have lots 
of commandments and examples in God's word to help us. 
Proverbs 22:6 is a wonderful promise: "Train up a child 
in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will 
not depart from it." God's way always works, but when 
we do it man's way, it simply will not work. I'm sure 
all of us know it takes daily prayers for God to give 
us the wisdom, understanding, and right amount of love 
that we can raise them for Him and ask Him to guide and 
keep them each day, I often remark that when I was 
growing up I didn't, know my parents had to pray so much, 

Ephesians 6:1: "Children, obey your parents in the 
Lord: for this is right..." We hear and it's true 
that if our children don't obey us they won't obey God 
In all things either. We need to teach them to obey 
and respect us and others as well. How do we teach them 
to obey us? When we tell them to do something or not 
to do something, we need to see that they obey. 

We have a lot of Scriptures in Proverbs to explain 
how we are to punish our children for their wrong doings. 
Proberbs 13:24: "He that spareth his rod hateth his 
son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes." 
22:15: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; 
but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." 
23:13: "Withhold not correction from the child: for 
if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die." 
23:14: "Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt 
deliver his soul from hell." 29:15: "The rod and re- 
proof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bring- 
eth his mother to shame." 29:17: "Correct thy son, 
and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight 
unto thy soul." It doesn't say we stand them In a 
corner, set them on a chair, send them to their room, 
or deprive them, of a meal-. When we correct them as the 


Bible outlines , with the rod, they will come to us and 
tell us they love us and give us a hug, but not if we 
correct them some other way. Why? Because it is God's 
way, and that's the only way that works. 

Ephesians 6:2-4: "Honour thy father and mother; 
(which is the first commandment with promise j) That it 
may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the 
earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to 
wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord." Before we correct them with the rod, we 
need to explain to them in love what they have done, 
that it's contrary to God's word, and that Jesus is sad 
when we disobey him. We should tell them what the 
Scriptures say and that we will have to punish them 
severely because we want to deliver their souls from 
hell, and hopefully, we can all spend eternity with God 
and His Son Jesus. They need to feel pain with wrong 
doing so they can understand a little how God hates sin. 

We as parents need to walk very carefully in this 
life because our children suffer for the sins of the 
parents. Exodus 20:5-6: "Thou shalt not bow down thy- 
self to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God 
am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers 
upon the children unto the third and fourth generation 
of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands 
of them that love me, and keep my commandments*" We 
can see it in our lives how if the parents aren't faith- 
ful to God, the children suffer for it and become like 
the world. 

In the supermarket one day I saw a little boy about 
5 years old that wasn't respecting his parents or any- 
one else that got close to him. He took things off the 
shelves and put them in the grocery cart, and if his 
parents said thy didn't want it, he would scream and 
holler so they would let him have it. He ran into peo- 
ple with the cart and hollered at them. He was playing 
in the ice cream freezer wanting some, and his father 
got him away so he laid on the floor and kicked and 
screamed and cried. Oh how my heart ached for that 
little boy. He wasn't happy, his parents weren't hap- 
py, and it will continue that way without respect for 


himself or his parents when he grows up. He only need- 
ed a hard spanking with the rod to break his will. 

We need to dedicate our children to the Lord as 
Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord, and he was faithful 
to God all his life. We can't take them to the temple 
to live, but we can pray for them each day, teach them 
God's word, and desire to only raise them for the honor 
and glory of God. Let's be honest with ourselves" as ' 
God knows our hearts, and our children know too. Do 
we want them to be popular, good looking, smartest in 
the class at school, and the best dressed, or do-we 
simply want them above all else to live for God? 

Our children are the only earthly possessions that 

we can take to heaven or can enjoy in heaven. Are we 

as parents teaching and raising them by the Word of God 

and conducting our lives as we should that we can all 

enjoy and share eternity with our Father and Jesus? If 

someone compliments us on our family, do we say, "Thank 

you; I r ve done a good job of it; I know how to raise 

children." Or do we only give God the honor and, glory 

and say, "Thanks be to God; it was only by His grace." 

Blessed be the name of the Lord! 

— Violet Flora 

Rio Verde, Goias, 



We are not to be anxious or worry about things— "But 
in everything by prayer and supplication' with thanks- 
giving let your requests be made known unto God. And 
the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 
(Philippians 4:6-7) 

As we let loose of our problems and trust it -all to 
Him, we can have a peace the world can't understand. 
Peace is not merely passive but flows "-forth in active 
obedience. Peace comes from looking to God, our Source. 
It is a gift from God. (John 14:27) 

I read where some one wrote, "Peace in the Bible 
sense is a right relationship in every sphere of life 
with God and men. It is not a detachment from the 


cares of life, nor a personal relation with men only^ 
as much as our attitudes towards them." 

Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. 
We too may have sorrows and burdens, but there is joy 
and peace in the Holy Spirit. It depends on our atti- 
tudes towards them and our faith as we trust it all to 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,, whose mind is 
stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." (lsa.26:3) 

A peace that passeth understanding! What a precious 
promise 1 In love may we work together for it. 

— Susie Sell 
Bradford, Ohio 


I have no respect for justice. I maim without kill- 
ing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and 
malicious and gather strength. with age. 

The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I 
flourish at every level of society. 

My victims are helpless. They cannot protect them- 
selves against me, for I have no face and no name. To 
track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the 
more elusive I become. 

I am nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, 
it is never quite the same. 

I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin 
careers, cause sleepless nights, heartaches, and indi- 
gestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief. I make 
innocent people cry into their pillow. I make headlines 
and heartaches. 

I am called gossip. 

The next time you want to tell a story about some- 
one... think. Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? 
If not, please don't say it I 

— Author Unknown 

Before you flare up at any one's faults, take time 
to count ten — ten on your own. Sel. by Ron Cable 



Whate'er you do in thought, or word, or deed, 
' Give God the glory, as you let Him lead. 
^ Whate'er your gift or talent, use it well, 

That for the glory of the Lord your life may tell. 

If called to teach, then ever learning, we 
Ourselves should teachable and open be. 
If preaching, in the holy word inquire 
And listening, let the Holy Ghost inspire. 

If ministry your calling, then in love 
Meet others 1 needs by pointing them above. 
Let hospitality be warm, sincere. 
Comfort the lonely, to the sad bring cheer. 

If prophesying, tell forth God's great power, 

Of His provision for each coming hour. 

If serving, in whate'er capacity, 

Let Christ's rich love your motivation be. 

If exhortation, the discouraged find; 
Encourage them, with rich truths feed their mind. 
If called to give, be liberal, but with care 
Keep from the public what you simply share. 

To rule or supervise, be diligent 
Harshness or favoritism to prevent. 
In showing mercy, cheerful be and kind, 
Eager the good of others e'er to find. 

Whate'er you do in thought, or word, or deed, 
Give God the glory, let not self impede 
The work that God through you would like to do 
Use well the talent He has given you. 

— Miriam J. Sauder 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 
Selected from The Golden Chain 




(The following is a portion of the introduction and 
of the epistle itself written to the Philippians by the 
early Christian martyr Polycarp. It is from Volume I 
of The Ante-Nicene Fathers , ) 

Of Polycarp* s life little is known, but that little 
is highly interesting, Irenaeus was his disciple, and 
tells us that "Polycarp was instructed by the apostles, 
and was brought into contact with many who had seen 
Christ • "• . .The date of the Epistle cannot be satisfact- 
orily determined. It depends on the conclusion we reach 
as to some points, very difficult and obscure, connected 
with that account of the martyrdom of Polycarp which 
has come down to us. We shall not, however, probably 
be far wrong if we fix it about the middle of the 
second century, 

"Wherefore, girding up your loins,' 1 "serve the Lord 
in fear" and truth, as those who have forsaken the vain, 
empty talk and error of the multitude, and "believed in 
• Him who raised up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, 
and gave Him glory," and a throne at His right hand* 
To Him all things in heaven and on earth are subject. 
Him every spirit serves. He comes as the Judge of the 
living and the dead. His blood will God require of 
those who do not believe in Him, But He who raised Him 
up from the dead will raise up us also, if we do His 
will, and walk in His commandments, and love what He 
loved, keeping ourselves from all unrighteousness, cov- 
etousness, love of money, evil-speaking, falsewitness; 
"not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing," 
or blow for blow, or cursing for cursing, but being 
mindful of what the Lord said, in His teaching: "Judge 
not, that ye be not judged; forgive, and it shall be for- 
given unto you: be merciful, that ye may obtain xercy; 
with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to yon 
again j and once more, "Blessed are the pcor^ and those 
that are persecuted for righteousness ' sake, for theirs 


is the kingdom of God. T1 


And let the presbyters be compassionate and merciful 
to allj bringing back those that wander, visiting all 
the sick, and not neglecting the widow, the orphan, or 
the poor, but always "providing for that which is be 
coming in the sight of God and man;" abstaining from 
all wrath, respect of persons, and unjust judgment; 
keeping far off from all covetousness, not quickly cred- 
iting (an evil report) against any one, not severe in 
judgment, as knowing that we are all under a debt of 
sin* If then we entreat the Lord to forgive us, we 
ought also ourselves to forgive; for we are before the 
eyes of our Lord and God, and M we must all appear at 
the judgment-seat of Christ, and must every one give 
an account of himself. ,r Let us then serve Him in fear, 
and with all reverence, even as He Himself has commanded 
us, and as the apostles who preached the Gospel unto us, 
and the prophets who proclaimed beforehand the coming 
of the Lord (have alike taught us). Let us be zealous 
in the pursuit of that which is good, keeping ourselves 
from causes of offence, from false brethren, and from 
those who in hypocrisy bear the name of the Lord, and 
draw away vain men into error. 


When we think on our natural lives, we see how depen- 
dant we are on one another, which should draw us closer to 
to each other. We humans are born more dependant than 
animals because we should use our ability to care for 
babies, Many animals can get up and walk and run as soon 
as they are born, and don't need clothing like we do. 
As babies we need much care and attention till we are 
adults, which should develop strong bonds of affection 
in families. Then we that are able need to care for the 
young and also the older ones who are not able to care 
for themselves. So we see God planned to draw us closer 
and more dependant on each other. Such a wise plan 
could not just happen. —Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



When Jesus told His disciples that He was to suffer 
many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief 
priests and scribes, and be slain and be raised the 
third day, He also said, "If any man will come after me, 
let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and 
follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose 
It but whosoever will lose his life for my sake the 
same shall save it. n 

As Jesus gave us this command to bear our cross,, he 
was the perfect example and teacher. No one has ever 
or could ever sacrifice so much. Hebrews 5:8; "Though 
he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things 
which he suffered." "Look not every man on his own 
things, but every man also on the things of others. 
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery 
to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, 
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made 
in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as 
a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto 
death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:4-8) 

The word cross is used in two ways in the Scriptures. 
One is that of an instrument used to inflict suffering 
on man, and the other is that of suffering in misfortune 
or the denying of ourselves in behalf of others. 

This commandment is not easily defined.. The Church 
is here to help us to be obedient to Christ. Many com- 
mands are quite simple to follow, at least in the out- 
ward act. We have boundaries on many of them, but the 
command to bear our cross daily can only be governed 
and controlled by our personal relationship with God. 

The Apostle Paul said: "I die daily." "Always bear- 
ing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that 
the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our 
body." "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I 
live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life 
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of 
the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." 

As we want to overcome the world around us, there 


are many Scriptures where self-denial and suffering 
need to be exercised in life in walking with our fellow 

In summing up the commands of God we believe this 
command is the overtone of all obedience. And only in 
this light will uur living sacrifice be acceptable to 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 


The members of the Old Brethren Church in Brazil .have 
agreed to hold a Love feast Meeting in the meeting house 
in Rio Verde on February 28, 1988, the Lord "willing. 
Any visitors who could make the long trip from the North 
would be made most welcome. May God bless this meeting 
for His glory and the strengthening of His people. 

— Wade M; Flora 

"The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the 
God of my salvation be exalted." 

This is our feeling as we begin a new year of pub- 
lishing The Pilgrim . We want to thank each one who 
has participated in any way — especially those who have 
donated generously to the financial support. We encour- 
age and appreciate all our writers. Thanks to Ina 
Cover for typing the stencils. 

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May God bless each one that we all may grow and 
prosper in Him. 

— Leslie and Martha Cover 



The small green car, bearing four young people , tra- 
veled clown the road on the Sunday evening after Thanks- 
giving Day, They were on their way to help the rest 
of the young folks sing at a local nursing home. As 
they passed a business place, Jane read out loud from 
the lighted billboard, "Have you tried being thankful 
for the things you don't have?" 

"Hum," her brother Lee said, "that's a good thought, 
I'm sure we aren't thankful enough that we don't have 
a Communist government, that we aren't poverty stricken, 
that we don't have divorced parents , and that we aren't 
in ill health, I f m sure there are others, too." 

"I'd say there is a lot to be thankful for," neighbor 
Robert chimed in, "For the things we have and the 
things we don't have," 

"That's all true," Kay said slowly, "but do you 
think that's all the sign meant? Could it also mean to 
be thankful for the things we don't have that we'd like 
to have?" 

Silence fell as each of the young people pondered 
her question. 

Would you like to know what each one was thinking? 
. Jane : "Thankful that my parents don't allow me to 
work away from home as the other young girls do? Thank- 
ful that no boy cares enough for me to want my compan- 

Ka^rs "Thankful that I'm crippled? Thankful when my 
father's dead? Thankful we can T t have things as nice 
as others?" 

Robert : "Thankful that my parents don't .allow me to 
have a sporty new car like some of the other boys have? 
Thankful that I just can't sing as well as by brothers?" 

Lee : "Thankful when Joyce is dating Jack? Thankful 
when we have more restrictions than the other young 
people have?" 

The silence was broken when Robert smilingly said, 
"Well, sis, I'm not sure I thank you for bringing up 
that question. No, seriously," he went on, "I think 
we do need to be thankful for those things w*. don't 


have, but would like to have. Not that we can't pray 
that things might be different sometime, but we must 
accept things the way they are now, and some day we'll 
likely understand that it was best this way," He fin- 
ished by quoting Ephesians 5:20: "Giving thanks always 
for all things.,, 11 

Lee responded with, "In everything give thanks..." 
(T Thessalonians 5:18) "It's not so easy, but "Thanks 
be to God which giveth us the victory*" (I Corinthians 


-Elva Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 


Just one life to live on earth 

and it swiftly passes by, 
From the moment of our birth 

f til our time has come to die; 
God has given us this choice 

to decide our destiny 
In a million years, 

Where Will You Be? 

In the Bible we are told 

of a day that soon will come 
When the people of this earth 

will be gathered at God's throne 
And the books are open wide 

there for all the world to see 
Will He say, "Well done"? 

Where Will You Be? 

CHORUS: Where will you be a million years from now?. 
Will you be happy? Will you be singing? 
While ages roll, throughout eternity, 
I ask this question, Where Will You Be? 

— Whitey Gleason 


Another New Year is here. What do you think of when 
you think of something new? When something is new, it 
is clean with no dents or scratches. When we start to 
make something new we get excited* The Bible tells us 
of two men that were excited, and. wanting to get their 
houses built. One man built his house on solid rock. 
The other man built his house on the sand. Children, 
now you are building. These houses can be compared to 
your lives as. you get older. 

Sometimes we sing, "We are little builders, building 
block by block, And our sure foundation is the solid 
rock." When building a house, you need a foundation so 
the house can sit on something solid. Your "spiritual 
house" also needs a solid foundation. The man that 
built his house on the sand didn't have a foundation. 
He just began to build. Some children only do what they 
are told to do, and no more. Even worse, they have to 
be told to do that. They grumble and complain, and nev- 
er seem to be happy. Children, this is starting your 
house on the sand. Jesus said this man heard His say- 
ings but did not do them. You know what happened to the 
house that was built on the sand. There was nothing 
solid for it to rest on, and the storms came, and it 
fell with a great crash. This man was a foolish man* 

The other man built his house on solid rock. Jesus 
said a man who heard His sayings and did them was like 
this wise man. Other children do what they are told 
and are happy. Some even ask if there is anything else 
they can do. This, children, is starting on a good 
solid foundation. As you get older and continue to 
build on the rock, your "spiritual house" will stand 
film. I hope you can all be called "The wise man." 

— Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif, 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 35 FEBRUARY, 1988 NO. 2 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Take the world, but give me Jesus, 
All its joys are but a name; 
But His love abideth ever, 
Through eternal years the same, 

Take the world, but give me Jesus, 
Sweetest comfort of my soul; 
With my Savior watching o|er me, 
I can sing though billow? roll. 

Take the world, but give me Jesus, 
Let me view His constant smile; 
Then throughout my pilgrim journey 
Light will cheer me all the while. 

Take the world, but give me Jesus, 
In His cross my trust shall be,-. 
Till, with clearer, brighter vision. 

Face to face my Lord I see. 


Oh, the height and depth of mercy 1 
Oh, the length and breadth of love I 
Oh, the fullness of redemption, 
Pledge of endless life above I 

— Fanny J. Crosby 

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Cucumbers and tomatoes are raised all year round not 
far from our home* Is this possible — even in California? 
Yes, but only under artificial conditions, We took a 
field trip with our school to this place the other day. 
They have five acres of greenhouses and use surplus heat 
from the lumber kiln of the mill" owned by the same com- 
pany. The atmosphere is kept uniform in both temperature 
and humidity. Electronic sensors gauge the feeding and 
watering according toths hours of sunlight. Through 
careful attention to cleanliness, pruning, and venti- 
lating, disease and pests are kept at a minimum. Every 
visitor must pass through a guarded gate to prevent 
theft and sabotage. The product is uniform, straight, 
nearly identical cucumbers and tomatoes. 

Like the church? No, not too much. We might attempt 
to raise our* children in ideal "greenhouse" conditions, 
but as adults we certainly do not live in a sterile, pro- 
tected environment. God's people in the Millenium with 
Satan bound might better compare to this huge cucumber 

But we are in the world and a desperate adversary 
is at large. Jesus prayed that we would be kept from 
the evil — not that God would take us out of the world. 
And so we have the Christian armor by which we can both 
do battle with and be protected from the adversary of 
our souls. Paul warned against "grievous wolves." The 
Saviotir said that in the world we would have tribulation. 
The victory lies in overcoming all obstacles or hind- 
rance's by the power of the Spirit. 

Only God can weigh and judge, but it seems to me 
that the hostile conditions around us account at least 
in part for the lack of unity in the churches of today. 
We are not like cucumbers packed side by side 
However, we should never make excuse or give up the 
fight feeling nothing can be done, but we need to identi- 
fy the foe and study and practice godly methods t -> us ra 


against him. Our Saviour prayed that we be one and com- 
mands us to love one another, Paul beseeches the Cor- 
inthians and us "that -ye all speak the same thing and 
that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be 
perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the 
same judgment*" (I Cor. 1:10) 

The more we become like Jesus and let Him mold us, 
the more we will fulfill Jesus 1 prayer that we be one. 
It has to come from theinside out. No amount of legis- 
lation and certainly no amount of pretending will ever 
bring it about. We must become like our Master, not be- 
cause of conditions around us, but in spite of them. In 
other words, God has provided means by which we can be 
like our Lord, but the world around us would make it 
otherwise . 

One enemy of unity is our diversity of background. 
We come from various home situations. Our occupations 
are different. (At times in the past, these two condi- 
tions were more alike. Most were farmers. Most homes 
had similar degrees of convenience or inconvenience, ) 
Though communication and travel are better than ever be- 
fore, still our atmosphere of independence and affluence 
offset the unity these- could promote. 

Education has given Christianity today an indepen- 
dence of thought that was not a problem when uneducated 
people depended largely on their leaders to determine 
doctrine and practice. Today we are encourcgsd to study 
Scriptures for ourselves and to not trust another to 
tell us how it is. This is good if our minds are not 
proud but yielded to God and prayerful in our seeking 
of truth. 

The political scene gives us an example of. disunity. 
Political leaders praise their own accomplishments. and 
do their best, using any means, to gain a following. 
A free country allows the people to rise up and recall 
their leaders and criticize them freely. How different 
where we are admonished to honor, obey, and respect 
"them that have the rule over you." And rulers are 
given a grave charge to conduct themselves as those who 
must give account. 

What are some positive means by which the hostile 


conditions around us can be overcome and we can become 
more like one another? We cannot employ the means rsed 
in the greenhouse where the crooked cucumbers are picked 
off when they are small and only the straight , uniform 
ones are left to mature. 

First we should recognize our positions as individuals* 
We need not be alike as cucumbers are alike. The Word 
tells us that we have "gifts differdjig according to the 
grace that is giv^n to us." (See Romans 12 and I Cor- 
inthians 12.) Each one has his unique place in the 
house God is building. 

'Second , we need to show respect to one another as we 
would like respect shown to us, As we respect one an- 
other, attribute the best motives to one another, and 
see the best in one another, our harmony and oneness 
will certainly grow. 

Third,- we must forgive one another as Christ has for- 
given us. The question has come to" me, M Must we wait to 
forgive until one asks for forgiveness?" We need only 
look at Jesus and His imitator Stephen. Jesus said, 
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. u 
I understand that He said this as the nails tore into 
His hands and feet. Stephen said, "Lord, lay not this 
sin to their charge," as the stones pounded the life 
from his broken body. Did they wait? Must we wait till 
a person stops offending us or asks to be forgiven? Not 
unless we do not care to follow the steps of our Saviour. 

Fourth, we must study together God's Word to arrive, 
if pcsSaLlf*, at similarity of thought — to be "perfectly 
joined together in the same mind and in the same judg- 
ment." This does not happen overnight or automat ically* 
If we cannot immediately agree on meanings and teachings 
in the Word, let us still show respect and pray that God 
will open our understanding, being ready ourselves to 
learn and grow. 

Many other positive steps will help us, but I mention 
one more — perhaps the most important. We must love our 
Saviour. As we love Him we want to imitate Him. Halley 
in his commentary (page 623) defines legalists as those 
who rest their salvation on themselves rather than on 
Christ. He* says further, *0f (Continued on page VO 



"For ye see your calling , brethren, how that not 
many wise men after the fleshy not many mighty, not many 
noble , are called: .But God hath chosen the foolish 
things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath 
chosen the weak things of the world to confound the 
things which are mighty; And base things of the xvorld, 
and things which are despised, hath God chosen.,. " 
(I Corinthians 1:26-28) 

When considering the life of Jesus, our Saviour and 
Example, we see a life unselfish and totally committed 
to the Father, a life devoted for the welfare of man- 
kind. Jesus came into the world a King, and yet so un- 
like earthly kings. He left the riches and splendor of 
heaven and became as the poorest of men for our sakes. 
He was born in a manger (feed trough) and reared in 
Nazareth, a town of low esteem. He taught and loved 
and lived tirelessly for others. He became a servant to 
all. When He was reviled (reproached) He reviled not 
again; when He suffered, He threatened not. He was de- 
spised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and ac- 
quainted with grief. He laid down His life for us all, 
He shed His blood on Calvary's tree to atone for our 
sins. What love I How God cares I But how foolish in 
the eyes of the world, to be so unselfish, so noncon- 
formed to the world, so nonresistent I Jesus 1 , life and 
teachings are so contrary to our selfish natures. Here 
is a definition of selfishness from The Comprehensiv e 
Analysis of the Bible by Montgomery Essig: ""Exclusive 
regard for one's own interest or happiness; a supreme 
sort of self-love or self- Interest which leads its poss- 
essor to ignore purposely the interest and happiness, 
rights and privileges of others. " The Bible calls at- 
tention to selfishness as a very great sin and warns us 
to beware of i-t as a lure and snare of the evil one. 

Now there are many today that call themselves Christ- 
ian, but the serious thought for us all to consider; is 
Jesus our Lord in reality ? Here is the definition of 
Lord from Strong's Concordance : "Supremacy; supreme in 
authority, i.e. (as noun) controller," Has Jesus be- 


come the supremacy of my life? Is He my Controller? 
Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, 
and they follow me." (John 10:27) Paul said, "I am 
crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me..." (Galatians 2:20) 

Peter said, "For even hereunto were ye called; because 
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example , that 
ye should follow his steps, Who did no sin..." (I Pet. 
2:21,22) John said, "And every man that hath this hope 
in him (Jesus) purifieth himself, even as he (Jesus) is 
pure." (I John 3:3) Jesus said, "If any man will come 
after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, 
and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall 
lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake 
shall find it." (Matt. 16:24-25) The old man has to be 
crucified before there can be a new creature. There 
must be a death before there can be a resurrection. 
"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, 
it abideth alone: but if it die it bringeth forth much 
fruit." Jesus said, "New wine must be put into new bot- 
tles." There has to be regeneration, a new birth. 
These old natures cannot be restored, or made over. 
Regeneration is a birth of the new life in the Spirit, 
a partaking of the divine nature through the Holy Ghost. 
This is the mystery "which hath been hid from ages and 
from generations, but is now made manifest to his 
saints... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." 
(Col. 1:26-2?) Jesus tells us, "Strait is the gate, 
and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few 
there be that find it." (Matt 7:14) Why do only few 
find it? Because only few are willing to fall on the 
rock (Jesus) and be broken. Only few are willing to lose 
their life, that they might find it. Yes, find it — 
that new life, that life that is truly satisfying, that 
brings contentment and peace, where joys abound, where 
there is a real purpose for living, where there is an 
overflowing of God's Grace, that runs over and touches 
others' lives, The Christian faith cannot be just head 
knowledge; it must be felt; it must be experienced. 

The te<rh th^ lord is giving us is true discip] r chip, 


total commitment. He wants our all; we must lay every- 
thing down at His feet and count it as nothing. He is 
worth everything . If there is anything we are holding 
back , or if there is idolatry or sin or ill will or un- 
forgiveness, He cannot bless us spiritually. There are 
many examples all through the Bible of holding back,' or 
not giving the first or the best to the Lord. We are 
not our own; He has washed us in His own blood. He wants 
our affection and fellowship; He wants us to seek Him 
with our whole hearts. He delights in our prayers; when 
heart-given they are a sweet odor to Him. He wants us 
to believe His promises, to ask in faith believing. He 
delights in a childlike trust, stepping out ih faith 
(not by sight). He wants to see fruit in our lives, or 
we will be good for nothing but to be cast into the fire. 
The word ways, tr ... There is not a greater prophet than 
John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom 
of God is greater than he." (Luke 7:28) Just think, 
even if we are least in the Kingdom, we are greater than 
the prophets. Also consider what Jesus said when the 
Pharisees asked when the Kingdom of God should come: 
"Neither shall they say, Lo here I or, lo there I for be- 
hold the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21) 
What promises, what blessings are available to the sons 
and daughters of Godi n ...As God hath said, I will dwell 
in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and 
they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among 
them, and be ye separate, saijth the Lord, and touch not 
the unclean thing; and I will receive you." (II Cor. 


True nonconformity is a result of regeneration, a 
new life in the Spirit, "Therefore if any man be in 
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed 
away; behold, all things are become new." (II Cor. 5:17) 
This regeneration, this new birth, this heart that is 
now overflowing with gratitude and love for our Saviour 
will now affect every area of our life. The things we 
once loved will fade into the background, and our great 
desire will be to do the will of God. 



We will feel a need of fellowship, of communion with 
God, a need of guidance, of wisdom, of overcoming power 
against sin and Satan. And if we are in an attitude of 
prayer at all times, which is God's command; (Pray with- 
out ceasing I Thes. 5:17) > this attitude will save us 
from many sins. 


We will see. others with a soul that is just as pre- 
cious in God's sight as our own. This will save us from 
jealousy, hatred, partiality, strivings, and we will 
have instead a deep concern that the soul will be saved 
in the day of Jesus Christ. Instead of evil speakings, 
there will be prayers and intercessions and a burden for 
those in sin. 


With the heart overflowing in thankfulness and praise 
to God for His great love to us, the foremost thought 
will be: Lord, not my' will, bat Thine be done. The 
word of the Lord will be precious, and in it will we 
meditate day and night. Instead of the old, ugly, self- 
righteous and critical spirit, there will be the joy of 
building up, of encouraging others, and not being so 
quick to judge others, realizing we are all in need of 
spiritual growth. 

Now we know the Lord wants us to provide for our fam- 
ilies. He knows we have need of food and clothing. But 
God's will for our lives is much more than just these 
things. Therefore, I believe a simple lifestyle, or to 
be uninvolved as much as possible, is God's will for us. 
There are so many needs; there are the lost, the lonely, 
the discouraged, the poor, the sick. And Jesus said, 
"Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, 
ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into ever- 
lasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. r 
(Matt. 25:45-46) Sobering words I Now another serious 
thought is this: n How much time do we spend in tho 


word of God, In prayer? Do we feel the need as we should? 

Job said, "I have esteemed the words of his mouth more 

than my necessary food." (Job, 23:12) Do we hunger and 
. thirst after righteousness that we might be filled? Do 

we set aside time daily? Who are we really serving, self 
V or God? What are our wants? Are they in big goals and 

ambitions for this life, or are our hearts and treasures 

over there? Are our attitudes like Jesus; our Example? 

"Not my will, but thine, God, be done." (to be continued) 

-Kenneth Garber 
Twain Harte, California 

ACTS 3:1-10, 16 

They had carried him that morning to the Beautiful gate, 
To ask alms, of the people on their way to pray* 

Not able to walk; all his life forced to wait; 
"You two going in, can you help me today?" 

With important things to do, yet willing to care, 
"Look on us," said Peter, beginning to talk; 

"I don ! t have money, but what I have I T 11 share; 
In the name of Jesus, rise up and walk!" 

Through the power of that name and faith in the same 
Feet received strength that the ground had never trod. 

Leaping and walking, into the temple he came, 
Amazing the people and praising our Godi I 

Have you shared the name of Jesus; is it your desire? 
Is there any sick or lame calling out for your aid? 
Are you willing to stop, stoop down, and lift higher, 
f Someone God may have in jovr busy path laid? 


V ' — Lloyd Wagner 

God has two dwellings — One in Heaven 
and the other in a meek and humble heart. 

-Selected by Nancy Oyler 



Of course you have read the Bible , and you know many 
others who rc:-.d it. Then follows the question, "Did 
you know that people who never look inside the covers 
of the printed Bible are reading you every day? 

You are writing a gospel which others will read 
Each day and each hour, ye ought to take heed 

To all that you do, and all that you say 
For, verily, you write the gospel each day. 

We are not writing a book to be printed or bound in 
leather covers to be placed on the pulpit in the church 
Sunday morning or on a shelf . in your home, but more 
people are reading 7/ou than who read the printed book. 
Think for a moment what kind of a book you are writing. 
Your friends and neighbors and even people you don't 
know very well, know that you go to church and maybe 
joined or made some kind of a promise. They naturally 
will wonder and watch to see if you keep your promises. 
What kind of an idea will they get from watching you? 
Several instances can be given where people were temp- 
ted in one way or another to see how they acted. Whe- 
ther you realize it or not you are writing a gospel 
every day. The Saviour you love is being judged by what 
you say and do, as you go about your daily tasks. You 
have no choice in the matter of exerting influence and 
of writing or not writing these gospels. But you can 
choose what kind of influence you can wield, what kind 
of a gospel you will write. The written word.. is all 
important. It has come down to us inspired of God. 
But the living word, lived by Christ's followers through- 
out the world is also important, and its importance lies 
in the fact that every one is reading it. 

— Selected by Bertie Baker 


Dr. M. D. Hoge, of Richmond, Virginia, told of two 
Christian men who fell out. One heard that the other 
was talking .about him, and he went to him. 


"Will you be kind enough to tell me my faults to my 
face, that I may profit by your Christian candor , and 
try to get rid of them?" 

"Yes, sir," replied the other. "I will do it," 

They went aside and the former said, "Before you com- 
mence telling what you think wrong in me, will you please 
bow down with me, and let us pray over it, that my eyes 
may be opened to see my faults as you will tell them? 
You lead in prayer . " 

It was done , and when the prayer was over, the man 
who had sought the interview said, "Now proceed with 
what you have to complain of in me." 

But the other replied, "After praying over it, it 
looks so little that it is not worth talking about. 
The truth is, I feel now that in going around talking 
against you, I have been serving the devil, and I have 
need that you pray for me and forgive me the wrong I 

have done you . " * . ™ * „ ,_-, 

— Selected by Rhonda Cable 


We need to take a review of our lives at times to 
make certain we are progressing in the right way. The 
measure we need is the Word of God. II Cor. 10:12: 
"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or com- 
pare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but 
they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing 
themselves among themselves, are not wise." So we can- 
not think because we are doing better than some others, 
we are doing all right. Perhaps we all need to improve. 


Jesus said whatever we ask in His name, we shall re- 
ceive. James said, we ask and receive not, because we 
ask amiss, that we may consume it on our lusts. So if 
we ask to satisfy our selfish wants, it is withheld for 
our welfare. Also we know our real needs have been sup- 

plied all our lives. 

— -Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



The following selections are parts of THE ENCYCLICAL 
DOM OF THE HOLY POLYCARP from Volume 1, The Ante-Nicene 
Fathers . 

But the most admirable Polycarp, when he first heard 
(that he was sought for), was in no. measure disturbed, 
but resolved to continue in the city. However, In def- 
erence to the wish of many, he was persuaded to leave 
it. He departed, therefore, to a country house not far 
distant from the city. There he stayed with a few 
(friends), engaged in nothing else night and day than 
praying for all men, and for the Churches throughout 
the world, according to his usual custom. And while he 
was praying, a vision presented itself to him three 
days before he was taken; and, behold, the pillow under 
his head seemed to him on fire. Upon this, turning to 
those that were with him, he said to them prophetically, 
"I must be burnt alive." 

And when those who sought for him were at hand, he 
departed to another dwelling, whither his pursuers im- 
mediately came after him. And when they found him not, 
they seized upon two youths (that were there), one of 
whom, being subjected to torture, confessed. It was 
thus impossible that he should continue hid, since 
those that betrayed him were of his own household... 


His pursuers then, along with horsemen, and taking 
the youth with them, went forth at supper-time on the 
day of the preparation, with their usual weapons, as if 
going out against a robber. And being come about even- 
ing (to the place where he was), they found him lying 
down in the upper room of a certain little house , from 
which he might have escaped into another place; but he 
refused, saying, "The will of God be done." So when he 
heard that they were come, he went down and spake with 
them. And ?s those that were present marvelled at his 


age and constancy, some of them said, "Was so much ef- 
fort made to capture such a venerable man?",,. 

Nov/, as Polycarp was entering into the stadium, there 
came to him a voice from heaven, saying, "Be strong, and 
show thyself a man, Polycarp i tf No one saw who it was 
that spoke to him; but those of our brethren who were 
present heard the voice. And as he was brought forward, 
the tumult became great when they heard that Polycarp 
was taken. And when he came near, the proconsul asked 
him whether he was Polycarp. On his confessing that he 
was, (the proconsul) sought to persuade him to deny, 
(Christ), saying, "Have respect to thy old age," and 
other similar things, according to their custom, (such 
as), "Swear by the fortune of Caesar; repent, and say, 
Away with the Atheists." But Polycarp, gazing with a 
stern countenance on all the multitude of the wicked 
heathen then In the stadium, and waving his hand to- 
wards them, while with groans he looked up to heaven, 
said, "Away with the Atheists." Then, the proconsul 
urging him, and saying, "Swear, and I will set thee at 
liberty, reproach Christ;" Polycarp declared, "Eighty 
and six years have I "served Him, and He never did me 
any injury: how then can I blaspheme my King and 


And \tfhen the proconsul yet again pressed him, and 
said, "Swear by the fortune of Caesar," he answered, 
"Since thou art vainly urgent that, as thou sayest, I 
should swear by the fortune of Caesar, and pretendest 
not to know who and what I am, hear me declare with bold- 
ness, I am a Christian. And if you wish to learn what 
the doctrines of Christianity are, appoint me a day and 
thou shalt hear them.".., 

The proconsul then said to him, "I have wild beasts 
at hand; to these will I cast thee, except thou repent." 
But he answered, "Call them then, for we are not accust- 
omed to repent of what is good in order to adopt that 


which is evil; and it is well for me to be changed from 
what is evil to what is righteous . M But again the pro- 
consul said to him, "I will cause thee to be consumed 
by fire, seeing thou despisest the wild beasts, if thou 
wilt not repent. 11 But Polycarp said, "Thou threat enest 
me with fire which burneth for an hour, and after a 
little is extinguished, but art ignorant of the fire of 
the coming judgment and of etarnal punishment, reserved 
for the ungodly. But why tarriest thou? Bring forth 
what thou wilt," (Continued in next issue) 


We $ the members of the Old Brethren Church, in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Lovef east, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 16 and 17. We sincere- 
ly welcome all to come and be with us at this time of 
communion and revival, —Joseph L. Cover 


ROYER - A daughter, Kristi Ellen, born January 17 to 
Rex and Janice Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BHJBAKER - A daughter, Merry Rose, born February 1 to 
Stanley and Janice Bru baker of Goshen^ Indiana. 

course we want to believe all the doctrines correctly, and 
to our utmost obey all the commandments. But if, in our 
thinking, we put too much stress on what we believe or 
what we do, are we not perilously near to resting our 
salvation on ourselves? Christy not a doctrine y not a 
commandment, is our Saviour... If we love a Person, 
Christ a Person, we grow like Him..," 

May we forget ourselves and our own plans and yield 
more to one another. As we seek God and learn from Him, 
He can make us one in Jesus Christ our Lord — not like 
cucumbers that are so much a product of their environ- 
ment. But we can be overcomers who are one In heart and 
in the Spirit — who love their Lord and have as their 
highest goal, to be like Him. — L. C» 



Last month we tried to point out some guidelines for 
a solid foundation. In the next few stories, we will 
look at some solid building stones that will make a 
building fit for "The Kingdom of Heaven." We will call 
these the "Bee Series" (Adapted from. "A Hive of Busy 


I am sure all of you children know how to be polite 
toward other people. You wouldn ! t show unkindness, 
Even though you know this, when you are in bad company, 
many times you do things you shouldn T t. 

Daisy and Dan were twins. They were anxiously wait- 
ing for their grandmother to come visit them. Because 
she lived a long way off, they had never seen her. One 
day they were in town, and an old lady was walking to- 
ward them. They also met with a group of naughty boys. 
When the lady got close to them* one of the bad boys 
stuck his tongue out at her. She said, "My boy, you 
need someone to teach you how to be a gentleman." The 
boy replied, "Oh, do I?" He picked up a stone and threw 
it at her. The other boys also threw stones at her. 
Just now little fee Polite began to buzz about them. 
But when children are in bad company it is hard to hear 
the small voice of your conscience. The twins stood and 
watched for a while, and then they started throwing . 
stones too. Daisy threw a stone but like the rest it 
never hit the lady. Dan had a better. ain> and his stone 
hit the lady on her hand. 

To their surprise, when they got home the same lady 
was there also. They were more surprised and afraid 
when they were. told, "This is your grandmother." Al- 
though they had planned to have a good time with their 
grandmother, their happiness was ruined. When they 
realized they had actually hit grandmother with a stone, 
they couldn't face her. Finally they confessed with 
many tears what they had done. As all grandmothers 
would, she gladly forgave them. Years after this hap-- 
pened, the twins still had a hurt inside when they 
thought how they had treated grandmother. 

— Everett Oyler 



We all want to have friends ♦ Perhaps we could stand 
to have a few more friends or just to appreciate our 
friends a little more. 

First of all, who are our friends? Jesus is the 
perfect Example of a Friend. He was a friend to those 
of any age, any status, any personality, any race, and 
even to those who hated Him. Are we only friends to 
those who are the same age as we are, or someone who 
has a personality that we like? Could we be friends 
with someone who seems to be a little odd or someone 
who has different ideas? Gould we love someone who 
doesn't love us? 

What do • friends do for us? Friends somehow see the 
good in us and even if they see our faults, they over- 
look them. Friends lift us up when we are down. We 
enjoy being with our friends. Friends influence our 
ideas and decisions. Friends can be a symbol of our 
relationship to God. 

What can we do for our friends? We know that a man 
that hath friends must show himself friendly. Again 
Jesus is our Example. He encourages the good in us and 
simply forgives the bad. In John 17 Jesus prayed for 
us that we would be united and faithful. We can pray 
the same ivay for those we care about. Jesus gave His 
whole life on earth for others and humbly even tasted 
death for us. I am sure He is pleased when He sees us 
giving a little of our time, our abundance, and ourselves 
to those around us. 

— Ina Cover 

Tuolumne, California 

THE PILGRIM Sonora,. Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 35 MARCH & APRIL, 1988 NOS. 3 & 4 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/' i Peter 2:11 


See the Conqueror mounts in triumph; 

See the King in royal state, 

Riding on the clouds, His chariot, 

To. His heavenly palace gate: 

Hark I ten thousand , thousand voices 

Joyful Alleluias sing, 

And the portals high are lifted 

To receive their heavenly King. 

Who is this that comes in glory, 
With the trump of jubilee? 
Lord of battles, God of arpiies, 
He has gained the victory; 
He who on the cross did suffer, 
He who from the grave arose, 
He has vanquished sin and Satan, 
He by death has spoiled His foes. 

Thou hast raised our human nature 
On the clouds to God's right hand; 
There we sit in heavenly places, 
There with Thee in glory stand: 
Jesus reigns > adored by angels, 
Man with God is on Lhe throne; 
Mighty Lord, in Thine ascension 
We by faith behold our own. 

— Christopher Wordsworth, 1862 

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"Because He lives , I can face tomorrow; because He 
lives , all fear is gone.., 11 wrote the Gaithers, Truly., 
because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, all Christ- 
ians today have hope. Henry Halley in his Bible Comm- 
entary says, "The Resurrection of Christ from the dead 
is the ONE MOST IMPORTANT item in the whole fund of hu- 
man knowledge: the grand event of the ages, toward 
which all previous history moved, and in which all sub- 
sequent history finds its meaning." 

We live under the Gospel time and cannot imagine what 
it would be like if Jesus had not risen. But by His 
resurrection we have life. Jesus said, "...Because I 
live, ye shall live also." This life He promised cer- 
tainly must not mean a life of fear , or uncertainty , or 
doubt , or irritation , or sin, but a new life of victory — 
eternal life beginning now. 

We need not fear . After His resurrection, Jesus said, 
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go 
ye therefore..." A child who has a loving father has 
little fear of other children or of any thing. He knows 
his father loves him and trusts he can shield him from 
all danger. While this may not be true for a child, it 
is true for the Christian. David sang, "The Lord Is my 
light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is 
the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?.,. 
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall 
not fear." Our Mighty Lord has said "Ye shall be be- 
trayed. . .some of you put to death... ye shall be hated 
of all men for my name ! s sake. But there shall not an 
hair of your head perish." He doesn't say we will be 
taken away from all trial and trouble, but that we will 
not really be harmed. Truly, we need have no fear, 

Because Jesus lives we need not be uncertain or doubt . 
After Thomas was given opportunity to see and touch the 
Lord's wounds, Jesus told him, Thomas, because thou hast 


seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have 
not seen, and yet have believed. Peter assured us that 
"we have not followed cunningly devised fables... but were 
eye-witnesses of his majesty, . .And this voice which came 
from heaven we heard ., .We have also a more sure word of 

The story is told of a young boy on a ship crossing 
the ocean. They encountered a terrible storm that tossed 
the ship and frightened the passengers. The boy remained 
calm and trusting, and some of the passengers noticed it. 
When they asked him hoiv he oould be so calm, he said that 
through his porthole he could see his father, who was the 
captain of the ship, capably handling the wheel, and he 
knew all would be well. If we through an r, eye of faith" 
can see our living, resurrected Jesus in control during 
all the storms, we need not doubt or be uncertain of 
our future. 

Because Jesus lives we can have victory over sin. 
Jesus had to die because... of sin. Romans 4:24>25 speaks 
of Jesus. "Who was delivered for our offenses, and was 
raised again for our justification." We don T t have to 
sin. If we had to, perhaps it would not be sin, or at 
least we would not be responsible. The animals do with- 
out condemnation things that would be wrong for us : cats 
torturing mice, birds stealing other birds' nests. John 
writes to us "that ye sin not." "And if any man sin, we 
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the right- 
eous: And he is the propitiation for our sins..." John 
also warns us "He that committeth sin is of the devil... 
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin" (or keep 
on committing sin)... rr May God help, us to victory over 
sin. Remember the promise to the faithful in Sardisr 
"Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not de- 
filed their garments; and they shall walk with me in 
white: for they are worthy." 

How does the resurrection of Jesus affect our Irri- 
tations and conflicts of our daily life here? Here Is 
one of our most important battlegrounds — not because of 
the magnitude of each battle, but because there are many 
small, battles. Job lost his wealth, his children and 


his health. Even his wife turned against him and his 
friends criticized him. He complained and did not und- 
erstand^ but he gained victory over all these irritations 
and calamities. "I know that my Redeemer liveth . . .in 
my flesh shall I see God," "Though he slay me, yet will 
I trust in him..." One writer says that God's own repu- 
tation was at stake , in Job ! s case, and He brought Job 
through as He will bring us through. As a teacher, I 
do my best to help the students learn and accomplish 
good grades. My reputation is involved in my students 1 
success. How much more is God concerned that the people 
who bear His name be successful in overcoming the ad- 
versary in their encounters. 

Jesus 1 resurrection is the reason for our life and 
victory. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the 
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ I — L.C. 
— HE Ig RISENl ~~ 

When Christ hung upon the cross. 

The disciples thought it was a loss. 

To them their chances all had fled 

Now that He was numbered among the dead. 

Early one morning, Mary could not stay 
Away from her Savior, that had passed away; 
She got to the tomb, before the break of light 
And there she beheld, the wonderful sight. 

Mary was the first, to whom He appeared; 

She was indeed very happy, but others feared. 

His disciples sa\v and were happy to know 

That Jesus could walk with them here below. 
Jesus was with them forty days; 
He showed His powers in many ways. 
Christ gave commandments to the eleven, 
Then was lifted away up into Heaven. 

Ag we stand looking up in the sky 

And think how He was received on high, 

Do we believe in that very same way 

Jesus is coming again some day? 

— Everett Oyler 



It is written in Proverbs 20:27, "TJhe spirit of man 
is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward 
parts of the belly (heart)." At "Christmas" time the 
world is lit with colorful lights, "celebrating" the 
birth of Christ. What kind of lights do you suppose 
these are to the Lord? If there is such a thing as a 
black light, I think it would be these. I hope there 
were Christian families quietly meditating together in 
their (comparatively) dark homes the birth of Christ and 
His impact on the world; and why is it our minds go to 
Calvary? Pmsure this type of thoughts are a much 
brighter light to our Lord than all the "Christmas" 
lights in the world! The reason our minds go to Calvary 
is because this is what matters! This is CHRIST T S GIFT 
TO US. Our gift to Christ should be in making Christ 
real in OUR LIFE! When we face reality, we find our- 
selves facing Calvary every day of every year. 

So, what's the problem? 

The problem is that we live in a fast world intent 
on making a living and keeping up with modern, new equip- 
ment of all kinds, trying to keep abreast of those- 
around us, trying this and trying that, buying this and 
that; and then when we sleep we dream about it, when 
we're with friends we talk about it, when we 1 re working 
we think about it. Is this serving the Lord with all 
our heart, mind, soul and strength? Is this allowing 
us to teach our children diligently, as when we sit in 
the house , when we walk by the way, when we lie down 
and when we rise up? (Deut. 6:7) 

Certainly we have to make a living and be good stew- 
ards; we have to live in this world somehow. Let's just 
be careful that we aren't neglecting our time with our 
families, our devotional time, our studying time, our 
quiet time, our closet time, our Mme with our brethren. 
Just as we are to "rightly divide bhe truth," we should 
be careful to rightly divide our time. The more real 
that Calvary Is to us, the easier it will be to do this, 
or more automatic it will be. 

It has been suggested before, that if we knew that 


we onljpliad another few months to live, would we change 
itt tz+* way? If so, we had better do it now, as if we 
would" die tomorrow. I T m sure I would spend more time 
studying His Word; more time in closet prayer; more time 
in family prayer; more time in loving and quiding my 
family; more time in loving my brethren. I would sug- 
gest that if we don ! t go to bed prepared never to rise 
again, and rise seeking His face, that He isn't real 
enough to us. 

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then 
face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I 
know even as also I am known. 1 ' (I Cor. 13:12) Today 
our faces are masked by worldly cares, by our limited 
understanding of His Word. Oh, for that day when His 
shining glory melts our masks and we can behold one 
What a. GLORIOUS realm of reality we can have I 

So the problem is, this world is very present, very 
real, very involved. What we have to do is become very 
involved with the Word of God, so it can be very present, 
very real. The only way to do this is reading, studying, 
and re-reading, re-studying time and time again. 

Consider some quotes from some old brethren: 

"Read the Word of God day by day; read it through and 
through; not picking here or choosing there; but from 
the beginning to the end, over and over again, ever 
looking to God for the help of the Holy Spirit in under- 
standing it; and if you find any other book is claiming 
a greater share of your interest than the Word of God 
possesses for you, fling that book aside and always 
give preference to the Scriptures." (Edward: Cronin, M.D.) 

"Oh the joy of having nothing, and being nothing, and 
seeing nothing but a living Christ in glory; and being 
careful for nothing but His interests down here." (John 
Nelson Darby) 

"Intense earnestness, and a deep entering into THE 
REALITY OF THE THINGS OF GOD, characterized those be- 
lievers who were subjects of this wonderful, though 
quiet, movement of the Holy Spirit. 'Lord, what would 
thou have me do?' was the heart's cry; and so profound 
was the sense of the preciousness of Christ, and the 


awful iniquity of the world's guilt in rejecting Hijn 
even to deaths that it became an easy matter to heed the 
Apostle's injunction to 'love not the world, neither 
the things that are in the world.' In a very true way, 
there was no desire to 'receive honor from men 1 ; se that 
the world, and its attraction, made USELESS APPEALS to 
the heart; and, indeed, everything that was inconsistant 
with Christ and His Cross, was freely and gladly surren- 
dered by Christians in every social status of life. 

"Their deep toned, spiritual earnestness may be, gath- 
ered from a perusal of the. books, letters, hymns,- etc, 
that issued from their pens, at these times; and^such 
hymns, for instance, as that commencing with ' Master 1 
we would no longer be loved by the world that hated 
thee,* etc. (original wording), and as that ending with: 

Farewell, farewell, poor faithless world, 

With all thy boasted store: 
We'd not have joy where He had woe, 

Be rich where He was poor; 
indicated pretty clearly the place Christ had in the 
faithful loyal hearts of these dear children of God, 
'God is light' and is ' in the light.' (I John l) 'As 
individuals and in company, those dear early brethren 
we have referred to, sought to walk 'in the. light'; that 
is, in the full revelation God has made of Himself, re- 
membering that, 'In Him is no darkness at all,' Hence, 
TRANSPARENCY is what will characterize the glory; and 
TRANSPARENCY is what must characterize the Christian in 
his pathway here as a 'saint,' and TRANSPARENCY is what 
must characterize EVERY COMPANY that is 'gathered togeth- 
er,' if the Lord's presence, He who is Light, is, with 
joy, to be realized as 'in the midst.' 1 ' (These excerpts 
from: The History of the Brethren (England), by Napoleon 
Noel. Edited by William F. Knapp. Printed in U.S.A. 
"The Beginning of the Brethren - Chap. 1, 1826") 

Jesus said, "...the words that I speak unto you, they 
are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63), Let's CON- 
CENTRATE on His Word, making it very real, very familiar. 
Let's go to Calvary with Him every day, especially every 
communion, increasing our blessing from this fulfilling 


experience. Let's keep in mind that there is NOTHING 
MORS IMPORTANT than knowing Christ and His Word, even 
knowing it by heart. 

Yes, the "old, old story" gets older every day, yet 
it gets more refreshing, more meaningful day by day. 
Let ! s not get TOO familiar with the world — this very 
present distress — and make Christ our realm of reality. 

"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and 
arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, 
but as wise. 

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." 
(Ephesians 5:14-16) _ Ron Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 



POSSESSIONS. The Old Testament promised a land that 
flowed with milk and honey, an earthly Canaan, earthly 
promises, and God warned His people to be careful when 
entering the Canaan land to not forget Him. Also they 
were not to learn the way of the heathen, for the great 
I AM that has made us is a jealous God, and has the 
right to expect worship and obedience. Jesus 1 example 
and teachings and resurrection show us a higher calling, 
an heavenly. He said to lay not up treasure here, but 
lay up treasure in heaven. He also taught , the Canaan 
land lies ahead, but in the world ye shall suffer tri- 
bulation, and because I have chosen you out of the world, 
therefore the world hateth you. James says, "Hearken, 
my beloved brethren, "Hath not God chosen the poor of ". 
this world rich ih faith..." John the Baptist said, 
"He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath 
none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise." 
(Luke 3:11) In I Tim. we read, "But they that will be 
rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many 
foolish and hurtful lusts... But thou,0 man of God, 
flee these things; and follow after righteousness, etc. 


(I Tim. 6:9-11) Jesus also said, "Sell that ye have, 
and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not 
old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where 
no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For 
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." 
(Luke 12:33-34) We know these are not popular verses, 
but I am not the author of them. 

We in our day have gone through prosperous times, and 
sad to say, prosperity often brings leanness to the soul. 
Probably, there has never been a time in history that 
there are so many material things, so many attractions, 
so much glitter to draw our minds and hearts to love the 
world and the things therein. But the word says that 
if we love the world, the love of the father is not in 
us. (I John 2:15) And if we will reverse this thought 
we can say if we love the Lord, the world doesn't hold 
our affection, and attraction. When the early Christians 
sold their possessions and lands, and laid the price at 
the apostles 1 feet, they had a very good lesson to teach 
us. What we have isn't really ours, it's the Lord's, 
and if we will look at everything in this manner, like 
our time, our possessions, our selves, our children, 
and want to give everyting to the Lord, and that we are 
responsible to do so, it will change our attitudes. 
Life will become meaningful and with purpose, for God 
has promised to care for us, as He does the sparrow, 
if we seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteous- 
ness. (Matthew 6:33) 


"Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and 
vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudi- 
ments of the world, and not after Christ." (Col. 2:8) 
Here is the meaning of "philisophy" from the dictionary: 
The general laws that furnish the rational explanation 
of anything. Now here is the danger we face: God's 
ways are totally contrary to man's thoughts and ways. 
Isaiah 55:8,9 says, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For a^ 
the heavens are higher that the earth, so are my ways 


higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thought s. 1 
Paul said, "Because the carnal mind is enmity against 
God: for it is not subject to,, the law of God, neither 
indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh can- 
not please God. (Rom. 8:7-8) "Let no man deceive himself. 
If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, 
let him become a fool, that he may be wise." (I Cor. 
3:18) Now Jesus says-, "Deny yourselves." But the world 
is beckoning on every hand to live it up, to gratify our 
every desire. Who will we follow? Here is the meaning 
of self -denial from The Comprehensive Analysis of the 
Bible : "The act of denying one T s own self; The act of 
forbearing to gratify one's desire. Self denial is one 
of. the foremost of Christian graces. The Scriptures 
teach us to cultivate it as one of the virtures that 
lead us into the path God would have us tread, and we 
are given as our Great Example, the self-denial of the 
Master. Nevertheless with these admonitions and with 
the model of Jesus, mankind finds self-denial one of. the 
most difficult of the graces to attain, for the reason 
that man is by nature selfish and inclined to seek his 
own pleasure and comfort, before giving thought to that 
of his neighbor." 

I am alarmed at the changes that have taken place in 
the Dunkard Churches. I believe our forefathers under- 
stood nonconformity and self-denial better than we do 
today. I remember well my father telling me, "We all 
come short in obeying Romans 12:16, ! Mind not high 
things, but condescend to men of low estate, tn Also it 
was impressed in my mind, that it was inconsistant to 
live too high, or wasfee icnney on unnecessary things. 

Here are a few minutes of Annual Meeting, of the Bre- 
thren in past years: 

Article 29*1853,, I s i* in accordance with the gos- 
pel for brethren to go to the county and state fairs 
exhibiting property, or otherwise taking part in the 
same? Considered as quite unbecoming and improper for 
pilgrims being found there. We should remember poor 
Christian- at Vanity Fair. (Note: If you haven't read 
Pilgrim* s Progress , I would encourage you to read it.) 
" Article 2, 1828, Whether we may conform ourselves 


to the world with unnecessary things on our carriages? 
Considered, that it can not be. 

Article 6, 1845 > In regard to members conforming 
too much with the world in fashionable dressing, build- 
ing, and ornamenting houses in the style of those high 
in the world, it was considered that it is a dangerous 
and alarming evil, and ought not to be among the humble 
followers of the lowly Jesus. 

I have understood older people saying that the Dunkard 
Church was known as the plain people, and then the term 
"uniform" was used for our clothirtg. If we don*t stay 
with the real reasons of modesty and not putting on out- 
ward adorning, and when dresses get too short and flashy, 
and clothing for men or women get too tight, we are in- 
consistent. I have had more than one person over the 
years from outside the church talk to me of the incon- 
sistency they see. Also, parents, if we want our child- 
ren to grow up to love and respect the principles of the 
word on the dress subject, we won't dress our children 
with the vain and showy attire of the world. 

May we seek true values in this life, realizing we 
are only strangers and pilgrims in a strange land. In 
conclusion, we offer this poem found in my Mother's 
things. A CHILD QF Tfffi KING 

Poor? No, of course not I Why, how could I be, 
When Christ, the King, is taking care of me? 
Tired? Sometimes — yes, more than tired; but then, 
I know a place where I can rest againi 

Lonely? Ah, well I know the aching blight; 
But now — I*ve Jesus with me day and night 1 
Burdens? I have them; oft they press me sore, 
And then — I lean the harder, trust the more. 

Worthy? Oh, nol The marvel of it is 
That I should know such boundless love as Hisl 
And so, I ! m rich; with Christ I am "joint heir," 
Since He once stooped my poverty to share. 

^—by Edith Lillian Young 
In Christian Love, Kenneth Garber 



The following selections are parts of THE ENCYCLICAL 
DOM OF THE HOLY POLYCARP from Wolume 1, The Ante-Nicene 
Fathers ♦ (Continued from last issue,) 


While he spoke these and many other like things, he 
was filled with confidence and joy, and his countenance 
was full of grace, so that not merely did it not fall 
as if troubled by the things said to him, but, on the 
contrary, the proconsul was astonished, and sent his 
herald to proclaim in the midst of the stadium thrice 
"Polycarp has confessed that he is a Christian*" This 
proclamation having been made by the herald, the whole 
multitude both of the heathen and Jews, who dwelt at 
Smyrna, cried out with uncontrollable fury, and in a 
loud voice, "This is the teacher of Asia, the father of 
the Christians, and the overthrower of our gods, he who 
has been teaching many not to sacrifice, or to worship 
the gods." Speaking thus, they cried out, and besought 
Riilip the Asiarch to let loose a lion upon Polycarp. 
But Philip answered that it was not lawful for him to 
do so, seeing the shows of wild beasts were already fin- 
ished. Then it seemed good to them to cry out with one 
consent, that Polycarp should be burnt alive. For thus 
it behooved the vision which was revealed to him in re- 
gard to his pillow to be fulfilled, when, seeing it on 
fire as he was praying, he turned about and said pro- 
phetically to the faithful that were with him, "I must 
be burnt alive,." 

This, then, was carried into effect with greater 
speed than it was spoken, the multitudes immediately 
gathering together wood and fagots out of the shops and 
baths; the Jews especially, according to custom, eagerly 
assisting them in it. But when they were about also to 
fix him with nails, he said, "Leave me as I am; for He 
that giveth me strength to endure the fire, will also 
enable me, 


without your securing me by nails, to remain without 
moving in the pile. u . . .They did not nail him then, but 
simply bound him,.. And as the flame blazed forth in 
great fury, we, to whom it was given to witness it, be- 
held a great miracle, and have been preserved that we 
might report to others what then took place. For the 
fire, shaping itself into the form of an arch, like the 
sail of a ship when filled with the wind, encompassed 
as by a circle the body of the martyr. . .At length, when 
those wicked men perceived that his body could not be 
consumed by the fire, they commanded an executioner to 
go near and pierce him through with a dagger. . .This, 
then, is the account of the blessed Polycarp, who, be- 
ing the twelfth that was martyred in Smyrna (reckoning 
those also of Philadelphia), yet occupies a place of 
his own in the memory of all men, insomuch that he is 
everywhere spoken of by the heathen themselves. 


When Jesus prayed to His Father, He said, "Thy word 
is Truth.' 1 When we read the Word, if we are honest with 
ourselves, we find it reveals the thoughts and tempta- 
tions that all are bothered with in this world. Each 
time we read, we find new thoughts, depending on our 
state of mind at that time, and if we are willing to be 
taught, The Word describes the strength and weakness 
of all men. Since it describes the very feelings of 
our hearts, we know it is true. 


The natural man wants to hide his evil deeds to avoid 
correction, even as Adam and Eve did. But God loves 
the creatures He created and wants to draw close to 
them, only reproving them enough to correct sin. Jesus 
asked Peter three times if he loved Him, enough to make 
P.eter feel the importance of being steadfast. So let 
us not hide, but come to Jesus and let Him help us cor- 
rect our lives. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



On March 6, 19&8, after the Sunday evening service, 
the members in Rio Verde , Brazil, unanimously agreed to 
advance Brother Wade Flora to the second degree of the 
ministry. He promised to continue to faithfully per- 
form the duties of his office; and his wife, Sister 
Violet, also promised to support and help him in his 
added responsibilities. 

•May the blessings of God be over the effort being 
done for the furtherance of His kingdom in Brazil, and 
may each member and their loved ones have the love, joy, 
and peace- of Jesus Christ. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


We, the members of the Old. Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have " agreed to ' hold our 'Spring" love feast , the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 16 and 17. We sincere- 
ly welcome all to come and be with us at this time of 

communion and revival, 

Joseph L. Cover 


The. Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on May 20, .21, 
and 22 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
Friday will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pente- 
cost) will be for public preaching; and Saturday even- 
ing will be for the Communion service. A hearty in- 
vitation .is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, 

and friends to attend, ,, „ . 

— Melvin Coning 

Jesus, my Strength and Righteousness, 

My Saviour and my King, 
Triumphantly Thy name I bless- — 
Thy conquering name I sing. 

— Charles Wesley 

Selected by Susie Warner 



"If .you slip and fall into the water you will die.' 1 
On our hike in Yosemite last spring we saw similar 
words to these on posted signs near waterfalls. The 
words, simply stated, were easy to believe as vie watched 
those thundering, powerful waters crash down to rocks 
below. There wasn ! t much of a question what would hap- 
pen if we slipped and fell into those rushing falls. 

A few days later I came upon words that struck me 
as being similar to those by the falls. "For if ye 
live after the flesh, ye shall die ." (Romans 8:13) The 
words should create in us a fear as great or greater 
than those by the mighty falls. They are words inspired 
by the Creator of those falls! 

The verse continues on with "...but if ye through 
the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall 
live ," With His Spirit, carnal desires and deeds can 
be denied. Our thoughts can be brought into captivity 
unto obedience (II Cor. 10:5); our appearance can -be 
adorned with meekness and quietness (I Peter 3:4); and 
our actions can bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, 
and temperance. (Gal. 5:22, 23)* 

Filled with His Spirit we can enjoy the abundant, 
everlasting life. 

Thou canst fill me, gracious Spirit, 
Though I cannot tell Thee how; 
But I need Thee, greatly need Thee; 
Come, come and fill me now, 

— Elwood H. Stokes 

-Miriam Coning 
Goshen, Indiana 

Jean and Anita Martin 24810 C.R. 40 

Goshen, Ind. 46526 


Joe , Henrys and Charles were the same age. They were 
good friends in school. When the boys got older, Joe 
and Henry we're staying out late at night, Charles was 
home studying his lessons as usual. At test time Joe 
and Henry failed. 

When school was out, the boys wanted to earn a little 
money. There was- a sign in the . drugstore window saying 
they needed a boy to help. The druggist had a box of 
nails and bolts to sort for anyone who applied for the 
job. Also there was a five dollar goldpiece in the bot- 
tom of the box to test their honesty. Henry and Joe 
applied for the job at different times. Neither boy 
stayed, because they didn T t like that kind of work. 
Charles also applied for the job. He was given the same 
task. Soon he had finished, and wanted something else 
to do. Charles also gave the druggist the goldpiece . 
Henry and Joe had kept the money. Charles got the job. 
Charles was opening the store in the mornings, and sweep- 
ing. One morning he found some pennies and nickels on 
the floor. He put them on a shelf and told the druggist. 
Another morning Charles found a shiny new dollar. How 
he wanted to keep it. Just then Bee Honest started 
buzzing arouni his ear. This reminded Charles that his 
mother wanted him to be honest in all things. He picked 
up the dollar and laid it on the shelf. I am sure this 
gave him a got d feeling, 

The druggist \^as testing Charles in small ways to see 
if he could be trusted in bigger things. If you do what 
you know is right, you will always be happy. 

— Adapted from A Hive of Busy Bees 

Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRB" Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Ca .if . 95379 


VOL. 35 MAY, 1988 NO, 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


Holy Spirit , breathe on me, 
Until my heart is clean; . 
Let sunshine fill its inmost part, 
With not a cloud between. 

Holy Spirit, breathe on me, 

My stubborn will subdue; 

Teach me in words of living flame 

What Christ would have me do. 

Holy Spirit, breathe on me, 
Fill me with power divine; 
Kindle a flame of love and zeal 
Within this heart of mine. 

Holy Spirit, breathe on me, 
Till I am all Thine own, 
Until my will is lost in Thine, 
To live for Thee alone. 

—Edwin Hatch (1835-1889) 

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Weakness is one of man's outstanding characteristics* 
He cannot lift much more than his own weight. His body 
is easily crushed by rolling rocks or moving machinery. 
A small bullet or a sharp spear can pierce to a vital 
organ and take his life. Even a cold or case of flu 
can send him to bed for a few days, 

He is also easy prey for temptation. He enjoys many 
pleasures and habits that shorten his life. He can be 
discouraged by a few careless words. 

He was created in innocence but soon lost it. Ha has 
striven even against his Makei} and his pride has made 
him arrogant beyond measure. Several times in his his- 
tory God almost wiped him out. He deserved it. But, 
amazing beyond degree , God loves this creature. He had 
created man in His own image, had made him a living 
soul ^ and had given him a mind superior to any of the 
other creatures of the world, And He was determined 
to save him. 

To this weak creature Jesus said just before He as- 
cended, "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy 
Ghost is come upon you,.." I try to think of a compari- 
son. It is a little like saying to a mouse, "You will 
be able to slay like a lion." Or perhaps it is like 
telling a penguin it will be able to fly like an eagle 
when all it can do is swim. Bat the comparisons fail. 
Here are weak creatures who only a month and a half be- 
fore had all forsaken Jesus and fled when He was arrest- 
ed — Peter outright swearing that he did not even know 
Him. And Jesus tells them they are to be His witnesses 
in all the earth. The secret is, of course, " after that 
the Holy Ghost is come upon you," 

We are of the same stock; our failings and frailties 
are like theirs or perhaps worse. We feel like Jere- 
miah who said when God called him, "Ah, Lord God] be- 
hold, I cannot speak: for I am a child." Or like 
Solomon as he became king, "I know not how to go out 
or come in." Or like Amos, "I was no prophet, neither 


was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a 
gatherer of sycomore fruit." Or like Moses who said, 
"0 my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither hertofore, nor 
since thou has spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow 
of speech, and of a slow tongue. 1 ' Daniel said, "0 
Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, 
to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have 
sinned against thee." 

But for us, also, the solution is the Holy Ghost 
coming upon us and giving us power we do not have. The 
work we are called to is not ours but God's. And, as 
one man said, "What God orders, He is willing to pay 
for." His is the cause and the battle, and He will 
supply the strength and ability. Ours is to believe, 
obey, and yield our lives to Him. Ours is to begin to 
obey Him — to make a start. 

One of my most difficult jobs is to write as I am 
doing now. I can sit down with a blank piece of paper. 
■ I can stare at it, I can even pray that the words will 
flow from my pen. But only when I begin to write can 
God use me. Actually, God supplies even the strength 
for a bare beginning. But we still must yield and obey. 

The disciples did as Jesus told them. He told them 
to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father. 
They waited and prayed. "These all continued with one 
accord in prayer and supplication..." And then when 
the time was "fully come" God fulfilled His promise and 
sent His Spirit and His power. And they went into all 
the world as He had commanded. Gone was their fear, 
their shame, their excuses and apologies. 

May we as they did, obey and wait and pray that we 
too may receive power. There is much to do; there is 
much to bear. "The world" does not know it, but it 
needs the salvation of God through the Lord Jesus as 
much as at any point in history. The Lord still says, 
"Ye are my witnesses." It is time we look beyond our 
narrow horizons. We can become so ingrown. We need 
a greater vision of God's Kingdom. God still offers 
to give us the power of His Holy Ghost. — L.C. 


There is no power in me; 

Lord, You know this so well. 

No strength have I to stand or flee 

Against the powers of hell. 

My failings I confess; 
They press upon my heart* 
The deeds I do — what I profess 
Are oft so far apart: 

I see my friends succeed; 
They seem so strong and true, 
Yet I know they, too, often plead 
For strength Thy will to do. 

The adversary strikes 

At our weak spirits frail; 

We reel and faint, and know the likes 

Of us alone will fail. 

We read in Thy blest Word 

That Jesus promised power 

And strength to wield the Gospel sword 

In each distressing hour. 

We know that Christ can use 
His witnesses below; 
If we will Satan ! s arts refuse, 
He will His grace bestow. 

Lord Jesus, live in me 
Despite my lack of strength; 
May Thy great Spirit in me be, 
And save me, Lord, at length. 

Lord, send Thy Holy Ghost 

And fill us with Thy love 

That we may die each at his post 

And then be borne above* 

— L.C. 



When God asked Abraham to offer his only son on the 
altar for a burnt offering (Genesis 22:1-2), did he 
hesitate to do what God wanted him to do? He didn't 
say "Now God You are being unreasonable because this - 
son is the son You gave me by promise. May I not offer 
him closer home? Why do I have to go a three days T 
journey to do it?" No, Abraham arose early in the morn- 
ing and started on his journey. (Genesis 22:3) 

When God told Joseph to take Mary to be his wife 
(Matthew 1:20), did he argue with God and say, "I can't 
take her to be my wife any more because she is with 
child. What will people say and think of me? M No, he 
arose from sleep and did as the angel of the Lord had 
bidden him. (Matthew 1:24) 

When God told Joseph to take the young Child and His 
mother and flee into Egypt (Matthew 2:13) and also into 
Israel (Matthew 2:20), did he say, "Oh my Lord, I'm 
tired, just wait awhile; then I ! ll go"? No, he arose and 
left. (Matthew 2:14 and 2:21) 

When Jesus asked Peter and Andrew to follow Him 
(Matthew 4:18,19), did they say, "We have to put our 
nets away and go talk to our families about this; then 
we will decide"? No, they straightway left their nets 
and followed Him. (Matthew 4:20) 

When Jesus asked James and John to follow Him (Matt- 
hew 4:21 and Mark 1:16,17), did they say, "We have to 
finish repairing our nets, so just wait awhile. We 
don ! t want to leave Father yet"? No, they immediately 
left the ship and their father and followed Him. 
(Matthew 4:22 and Mark 1:18) 

How do we as parents feel when we ask our children 
to do something and they ask, "Why do I have to do that? 
Just wait awhile." Are we happy with them and think 
they are obedient children and love us? No indeed. 

When God asks us to do something, do we sit still 
and argue with Him because we think we have a better 
way, or do we arise up and do it? 

When God calls us to accept Him as our Savior, do 
we want to wait just a little longer or do something 


else first? Let us immediately answer God r s call and 
not wait, because tomorrow may be too late. 

May each one of us be obedient children of our 
Father in heaven and show Him our love. When He asks 
us to do something j let us rise up and do it. 

In Christian love, 

Violet Flora 

Rio Verde , Brazil 


Acquaint now thyself with (God) and be at peace... 
Job 22:21 

I T m sure we would all desire to know God more fully. 
God delights in making Himself known to us, God is pre- 
sent everywhere, and we can see Him through faith and 
striving to obey His Word, 

Jesus, God's Son, came to live on earth because He 
does care about us. Jesus fulfilled the Father's will, 
overcoming all of Satan 1 s devices, and was taken back 
to the Father's right hand in heaven. 

But when Jesus ascended back to the Father, He sent 
the Holy Spirit to dwell in those that love Him, ear- -^ 
nestly desiring Truth, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 
are in complete union. When we know the Father, we 
know the Son and the Holy Spirit, When we receive the 
Holy Spirit we have fellowship with the Father and the 

Do we know God well enough to be happy in His pre- 
sence? He is always with those that own Him as Prophet, 
Priest, and King. 

We cannot depend upon someone else in our relation- 
ships with God, It is our personal responsibility to 
know God and discipline ourselves by His Word and live 
under His authority. We are no longer our own but be- 
long to Jesus Christ, who lived and died in the natural 
body and was resurrected in a spiritual body that we 
too can have hope of the resurrection and living with 
Him eternally* 

Search the Scriptures; they testify of Jesus Christ. 


We must retain God in our knowledge that we be not giv- 
en over to a reprobate mind — or believe lies. (Romans 
1:28) | 

Our major concern in life should be how well we are 
acquainted with God and know the power of the resurrec- 
tion; that we may press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:14) 

They that seek the Lord shall not want any- good thing. 

(Psalms 34:10) „ „. 

—Mary Ellen Lavy 

Camden , Indiana 


Did you ever meet a youngster who 

had been an 1 stubbed his toe, 
An f was settin 1 by the roadside, just 

a-cryin ! soft and low, 
A-holdin ! of his dusty foot, so hard and 

brown and bare, 
Tryin 1 to keep from his eyes the tears 

a-gatherin* there? 
You hear him sort o ! sobbin r like, an 1 

sniff In 1 of his nose; 
You stop and pat him on the head 

an 1 try to ease his woes, 
You treat him sort o f kind like, an 1 the 

first thing that you know, 
He's up and off~a-smilin r — clean forgot 

he's stubbed his toe. 
Now, 'long the road of life you 1 11 find 

a fellow goin' slow, 
An 1 like as not he T s some poor man 

who T s been and stubbed his toe; 
He was makin T swimmin f headway till 

he bumped into a stone, 
An* his friends kept hurryin r onward an T 

left him there alone; 
He ! s not sobbin' , he's not sniff in', he's 

just too old for cries, 


But he's grievin' just as earnest, if It 

only comes in sighs. 
An 1 it does a lot of good sometimes to 

go a little slow, 
An 1 speak a word of comfort to the man 

who stubbed his toe. 
Today, you T re bright and happy in the 

world's sunlight and glow, 
An 1 tomorrow you 1 re a-freezin* and 

trudgin' through the snow, 
The time you think you've got the 

world the tightest in your grip 
Is the ver;r time you'll find that you're 

the likeliest to slip. 
So it does a lot o' good sometimes to 

go a little slow, 
An T speak a word o' comfort to the 

.man who's stubbed his toe. 

-Selected by Everett Oyler 


On April 16, 1988, Brother William Crawmer was 
elected to the office of Deacon in the Salida, Calif- 
ornia congregation. He accepted this important office 
with its attendant duties. His wife, Sister Carol, 
promised to support and help her husband in his new 
responsibilities . 

At the same meeting Brother Lloyd Wagner was ad- 
vanced to the second degree of the ministry. He pro- 
mised to accept the charge and to continue to uphold 
the Gospel. Sister Beth, his wife, promised to continue 
to support her husband in his added duties. 

May the blessings of God be over these couples as 
they serve the Lord in our time. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



In Matthew 14, Jesus taught a great lesson on faith, 
when He tested the disciples 1 faith. Peter was always 
quick to respond to the urging of the Spirit, and when 
Jesus came toward them, he felt the safety of being close 
to Jesus and asked if he might come to Him on the water. 
They had been unable to go because of the storm, but 
Peter had enough faith to climb out of the ship and walk 
on the rough sea around the ship, but when he turned his 
back on the ship and other disciples it was more than 
he could do without fear. 

Of course we know our faith is too small to compare 
to Peter walking on water. But we remember Jesus said 
to Thomas because he had seen he believed, and blessed 
are those who have not seen and yet have believed. If 
we have doubts and fears we are not yet perfect in love, 
But Jesus knows our weakness and will save us if we 
call Him. 


Hebrews 8:10-12: n For this is the covenant that I 
will make with the house of Israel after those days, 
saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind and 
write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a 
God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall 
not teach every man his neighbour and every man his bro- 
ther, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know 
me, from the least to the greatest." So we understand 
the Lord by the Spirit reveals to every believer the 
vital things he needs to know. Why should believers 
allow any teaching to cause them to lose love and fel- 
lowship with one another? We need to be careful we 
i don ! t add to or take from the Word of the Lord. 

The gifted ones are not masters, but servants and 

— Ernest Wagner 

10 . THE ...PILGRIM 


GOLDIE EVELYN HALL, daughter of Noah and Mary (Hol- 
singer) Hollinger, was born July 25, 1915, in Darke 
County, Ohio, and passed away at 4:45 A.M., March 1, 
1988, at the age of 72 years, 7 months, and 5 days in 
the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Wade and 
Violet Flora, 

On March 14, 1936, she was united in marriage with 
Orville James Hall, To this union were born four 
daughters: Mrs. Larry (Mary) Beasecker of El Paso, 
Texas; Mrs. Wade (Violet) Flora of Rio Verde, Goias, 
Brazil; Ellen Shields of Greenville, Ohio; and Mrs. 
Mark (Deborah) Seymour of Chad, Africa. She also leaves 
to mourn 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, and a bro- 
ther, Elvin Hollinger of Bradford, Ohio. 

Preceding her in death were her husband and parents. 

As a young lady, she answered the call of her Saviour 
and was baptized in obedience to the Word of God and 
lived as a faithful follower of God. She lived to glor- 
ify her Saviour 1 s worthy name. She was a member of the 
Old Brethren Church, and she and her husband were elect- 
ed into the office of the deacon. 

She was a wonderful Mother and Grandmother and lived 
an examplary life for her children and grandchildren. 

She lived all of her life in Darke County, Ohio, until 
November, 1986, when she went to Brazil to stay with her 
daughter and family. They cared for her until the time 
of her passing. She was always pleasant to care for and 
always ready to give a thank you for everything done for 
her. She didn ! t want to be a care to anyone. We will 
miss her, but we can T t wish her to stay with us any 
longer in this body of clay as she was ready to leave 
this life of troubles and sorrows and go to live with 
her Lord. We can see the hand of God in this and His 
perfect tming for which we give honor and glory to our 
Father in heaven. 

Her funeral was held at 4:30 P.M. on March 1, 1988, 
in the home of her daughter and son-in-law at Rio Verde, 
Goias, Brazil, with many friends and loved ones present 
to pay their last respects. "0 Think of the Home Over 


There" was sung in the Portuguese language, then in Eng- 
lish. The message was given by Brother Joseph Cover, 
and he used many comforting Scriptures and encouraged 
all present that hadn T t accepted Christ as their Savior 
to accept Jesus and have the same wonderful promises and 
hope that our departed loved one had* The message was 
interpreted by Mark Loewen into the Portuguese language, 
"Asleep in Jesus" was sung in Portuguese, then English, 
Then the closing prayer was given by Clarence Palmer. 
Her body was laid to rest in the Mennonite Cemetery. 
"In the Sweet By and By" was sung at the grave in both 
languages, and Mark Loewen had the service and prayer 
with Leo Dirks interpreting. 

A Memorial Service was held at the Old Brethren charch 
near Bradford, Ohio, by Brethren Hollis Flora, Claude 
Boone, and Kenneth Martin on March 13, 1988* 

— The Family 

-The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on May 20, 21, 
and 22 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
Friday will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pente- 
cost) will be for public preaching; and Saturday even- 
ing will be for the Communion service, A hearty in- 
vitation is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, 

and friends to attend. 

Melvin Coning 


Arnold Bowser Rt. 4 Box 240-A 

Collins, Miss 39428 

Mike Harper 13091 Tyler Rd. 

Brernan, Ind 465 06 

(219) 633-4816 



This historical selection is from the writings of 
Ignatius who was, with Polycarp, a disciple of the 
Apostle John. He suffered martyrdom being devoured by 
lions. This is a small portion of his "Epistle to the 
Ephesians" from The Ante-Nicene Fathers . 


And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men. 
For there is in them hope of repentance that they may 
attain to God. See, then, that they be instructed by 
your works, if in no other way. Be ye meek in response 
to their wrath, humble in opposition to their boasting: 
to their blasphemies return your prayers; in contrast 
to their error, be ye stedfast in the faith; and for 
their cruelty, manifest your gentleness. While we take 
care not to imitate their conduct, let us be found 
their brethren in all true kindness; and let us seek to 
be followers of the Lord (who ever more unjustly treat- 
ed, more destitute, more condemned?), that so no plant 
of the devil may be found in you, but ye may remain in 
all holiness and sobriety in Jesus Christ, both with 
respect to the flesh and spirit. 


I know both who I am, and to whom I write. I am a 
condemned man, ye have been the objects of mercy; I am 
subject to danger, ye are established in safety. Ye 
are the persons through whom those pass that are cut 
off for the sake of God. Ye are initiated into the mys- 
eries of the Gospel with Paul, the holy, the martyred, 
the deservedly most happy, at whose footsteps may I be 
found, when I shall attain to God; who in all his Epi- 
stle makes mention of you in Christ Jesus. 


Take heed, then, often to come together to give 
thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when ye 
assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of 


Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he 
aims is prevented by the unity of your faith. Nothing 
is more precious than peace , by which all war, both in 
heaven and earth, is brought to an end. 


None of these things is hid from you, if ye perfectly 
possess that faith and love towards Christ Jesus which 
are the beginning and the end of life. For the begin- 
ning is faith, synd the end is love. Now these two, be- 
ing inseparably connected together, are of God, while 
all other things which are requisite for a holy life 
follow after them. No man (truly) making a profession 
of faith sinneth; nor does he that possesses love hate 
any one. The tree is made manifest by its fruit; so 
those that profess themselves to be Christians shall be 
recognized by their conduct. For there is not now a 
demand for mere profession, but that a man be found con- 
tinuing in the power of faith to the end. 

It is better for a man to be silent and be (a Christ- 
ian), than to talk and not to be one. It is good to 
teach, if he who speaks also acts. There is then one 
Teacher, who spake and it was done; while even those 
things which He did in silence are worthy of the Father. 
He who possesses the word of Jesus, is truly able to 
hear even His very silence, that he may be perfect, and 
may both-act as he speaks, and be recognized by his si- 
lence. There is nothing which is hid from God, but our 
very secrets are near to Him. Let us therefore do all 
things as those who have Him dwelling in us, that we 
may be His temples, and He may be in us as our God, 
which indeed He is, and will manifest Himself before 
our faces. Wherefore we justly love Him. 

A bit of love is the only bit that will put a bridle 

on the tongue. , 

— Selected by Susie Sell 


I would like to tell the story 
Of a very wayward lad, 
Who ignored the loving counsel 
Of his Godly Mom and Dad; 
But his folks were very patient, 
As all Christian folks should be; 
Patience still remains a virtue 
As you very soon shall see. 

Just outside their bedroom window 
Stood a weather-beaten post, 
And to carry out their program 
That's the thing they needed most; 
When the father told his youngster, 
He was very firm, but kind, 
While explaining all the details 
Of the plan he had in mind. 

From today, each time you 1 re wayward 
Or in any trust you fail, 
Here's the way I'll keep a record: 
In that post I'll drive a nail. 
Things went on again as always, 
And the boy would stand and grin, 
Though he knew 'twas hurting Father 
As the nails were driven in. 

Father never lost his temper, 

Never once did he get sore; 

But the truth struck home, when Father 

Had just room for one nail more 

Then and there he asked forgiveness 

For his awful life of sin; 

And he said "With God's assistance, 

That last nail shall not go inl" 

Father said "I'm glad to hear it. 
Now I'll tell you what I'll do; 
I will pull each nail I've driven 
For each noble act from youJ rf 


He began to change his habits, 
Righting the wrongs he'd done; 
And the nails began to vanish 
From that fencepost, one by one. 

Father loved him very dearly, 
And how proud he knew he f d be 
On the day when he could tell him 
That the post from nails was free. 
By and by the post was empty 
And this man with trembling voice 
Said, "My boy, today I'm happy; 
We have reason to rejoice." 

But the boy was far from happy 

As the father had implied; 

When he looked at that old fencepost, 

He just hung his head and cried. 

Father couldn ? t understand* it, 

So he asked the reason why; 

But the boy had seen a vision 

Which had passed the father by. 

So the boy with deep emotion, 
(And a sob or two between) 
Then revealed this little moral 
Which the father hadn T t seen. 
You have changed my way of living 
Which would lead to prison bars; 
You have taken all the nails out, 
But — you can't remove the scars. 

— Selected by Nancy Oyler 

Just in the measure in which we learn to live for 
spiritual and unseen things do we find contentment 
amid earth's trials and losses. We can do without 
childhood's toys when we have manhood's better possess- 
ions. We need this world less as we get more of God 
and Heaven into our hearts. 

— Selected 


Many of you children have helped your mother plant 
garden. When the ground is ready, do you plant seed tha~ 
is two or three years old? No, you plant seed that you 
know is good so it will produce a good harvest. 

Isn't that what Henry and Joe found out? Remember 
how they wanted to cheat at school and kept the money 
that was in the bottom of the box? They were sowing 
bad seed. In return they received an unhappy harvest. 

The Bible tells us about Ananias and Sapphira. After 
selling their goods, they said they were giving all the 
money to the apostles. Instead, they kept part of the 
money for themselves. They were both struck dead be- 
cause of their dishonesty. (Acts 5: 1-10)" • 

oeveral years ago I talked to a man that hired a 
young boy to help plant corn. His job was to fill the 
corn ooxes. He spilled some, and the farmer told him 
to pick it up. A few days later there was a big patch 
of corn growing where the corn was spilled. Instead of 
picking it up , he covered it up . 

Remember it is easy to be untruthful and deceive 
others, but sometime the seeds we sow will sprout and 
the truth will be known. 

Let's all be FRUIT BEARERS for Jesus. Luke 8:15 
tells us the fruit producers are they "which in an 
honest and good heart, having heard the word^ keep it, 
and bring forth fruit with patience." 

— Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 35 JUNE, 1988 NO. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lu§ts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


Life is often filled with troubles 

And trials along the way, ' 
And we 1 re confronted with many cares 

That come to us each day. 
But let T s remember this precious promise 

As Satan ? s darts at us are hurled: 
"Greater is He that is in you 

Than he that is in the world." 

What matter if clouds o'ershadow 

And the way grows weary and long? 
Our Heavenly Father can give us joy 

And give to our lips a song. 
For there r s more to life than its trials, 

God ! s promises have been unfurled, 
"Greater is He that is in you 

Than he that is in the world, 11 

So' let's go on unto victory 

And help each other be strong; 
Let T s let our love grow deeper 

Amid cares and trial and wrong. 
Let 1 8 put our faith in Jesus 

And not on things of the world; 
"Greater is He that is in you 

Than he that is in the world." 

— Elizabeth Royer 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 1 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd. f Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Star thistle is a special pest weed in our Tuolumne 
County, It grows thick along roadsides, and whole 
fields of it appear in places. Apparently public con- 
cern has not yet reached the point of doing something 
about it. But it is a persistent weed and is spreading 
fast. Cattle don*t like it. It grows with very little 
moisture where better vegetation will hardly survive. 
It has a star-like burr at the end of each branching 
stem. This burr is made up of many seeds — each capable 
of starting a new plant for the following year. 

To make an application in our Christian lives, star 
thistle bears resemblance to sin. Sin, too, seems to 
have no useful purpose; it .grows- easily and spreads if 
it is not checked. 

Summer is farming and gardening time. We hoe and 
spray the weeds to make the best possible conditions 
for growth of the productive crops. Our lives are also 
growing times. If growth is not encouraged- and the 
weeds controlled now, there will not be another op- 

"Life is the time to serve the Lord, 
The time to ensure the great reward. 11 

Let us meditate on how Christian growth can be encour- 
aged and the hindrances of sin and error be weeded out. 
Star thistle grows thick along the roadsides and in 
untended fields. So does sin. Where there is no effort 
to control it, sin flourishes and spreads. It thrives 
in a culture such as ours where there is much leisure 
time, money to spend, and a lenient, permissive govern- 
ment that makes sure no one is punished too much or in 
any way wrongly. Some of these "roadside" sins might 
be immorality, excess in eating and drinking, gambling, 
graft in government, cheating in business, nakedness, 
etc. We see these "bad"-, sins around us and read about 
then, but mostly in the world — not so much in Christian 


lives* Paul writes in Ephesians 5:3: "But fornication, 
and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be 
once najned among you, as becometh saints ; u 

But star thistle grows also in fields where better 
crops are cultivated. And just so, sin creeps into lives 
that are supposed to be reserved for the service of 
God. Sin has a way of flourishing unless positive ef- 
fort is made against It. It Is the Christians T s per- 
sonal battle and can only be won by the power of the 
Spirit. God has, through faith in the blood of Jesus, 
cancelled and forgiven our sins. But to live above sin 
each day takes effort and God's help. 

One brother remarked recently that we don't hear 
enough about repentance and that some seem to think 
that repentance is a one time act that happens when we 
first give our lives to the Lord. But repentance is 
the only proper response to sin at any time for any 
person. One hymn says, "Each sin demands a tear." This 
is true if we repent, and even more so if we do not. 
(We read of "weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.") 
Even in this life there is more sorrow than pleasure 
in sin, especially for those \tfho desire to please God 
with holy lives. 

Star thistle can he pulled and weeded out. But it 
leaves its mark. It has taken moisture and nutrients 
from the ground and filled a place that should have been 
for a productive plant. So sin in Christians 1 lives 
is like star thistle in a graden or pasture. Sin takes 
valuable energy and time. It saps the strength and 
takes its toll, leaving discouragement and remorse in- 
stead of peace and joy. 

Some of these sins sneaking uninvited and sometimes 
undetected in the Christians life are possibly less 
spectacular but still harmful — sins like wasting time, 
gossip, poor reading, ommitting good deeds, envying, 
anger, and perhaps just giving God less than our best 
in time, effort, and attitude. 

Christians, too, are living in this permissive cul- 
ture of liberty and rights of the individual. We can 
easily become careless in our devotion and also our 


practices. Without realizing, girls can become careless 
about modesty and as a result, men are tempted to lust. 
We can even begin to copy the worldly in selfishness, 
demanding rights, shady business deals, and thereby 
give a poor testimony. As we "rub shoulders 11 with the 
world let not the burrs and seeds of sin cling to us. 
Bad habits are like weeds. They are hard to get rid of. 
But, praise God, good habits, too, are hard to break. 
To the young people especially; cultivate good habits 
of prayer, Bible reading, helpfulness, willingness, and 
obedience. These things learned in youth will become 
habits hard to break in later life. 

And this is the ultimate, the best point of all: a 
good productive field ^s not one that is just free of 
weeds ; it must have a good crop growing. So also the 
Christian life is not just one free of sin and- bad hab- 
its; it is one full of good words, thoughts, and deeds; 
one whose healthy, growing virtues crowd out the sins 
and bad habits. A healthy Ghristian life is where God 
reigns supreme and the will of the servant is wholly 
submitted to the will of the Master. 

John writes, w If we say that we have no sin, we de- 
ceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." And so 
the lesson is for all of us. God perhaps could have 
made us without a free will like the animals. But He 
chose to make us more like Himself. When we choose to 
let God rule in our lives, He responds with His grace 
and peace. No pleasure of sin can take the place of the 
peace and blessings "God has for us here, and Heaven is 
beyond 1 

Weed out those sins; make room for growth; 
The Father waits with open hands 
To bless Christ's own adult or youth, 
To loose from Satan's chains and bands. 

"Break off thy sins by righteousness;" 
Break up your fallow, weedy ground, 
Sow seeds of truth and holiness, 
And see your joy and peace abound. 

— L.C. 



It may surprise students of Evolution who do not know 
to learn that in the closing days of his life, Darwin 
returned to his faith in the Bible. Many a man, as he 
approaches the end and consequently into the presence 
of God and eternity, has regretted both his views and 
his conduct. Such a man was Darwin. 

The story is told by Lady Hope of Northfield, England, 
a wonderful Christian woman who was often at his bed- 
side before he died. She herself writes it, and not 
only is it interesting, it is more enlightening. Here 
it is in her own words: 

"It was one of those glorious autumn afternoons that 
we sometimes enjoy in England, when I was asked to go' 
in and sit with the well-known professor, Charles 
Darwin. He was almost bedridden for some time before 
he died. I used to feel when I saw him that his fine 
presence would have made a grand picture for our Royal 
Academy; but never did I think so more strongly than 
on this one particular occasion. 

"He was sitting up in bed, wearing a soft embroidered 
dressing gown of rather a rich purple shade. Propped 
up by pillows, he was gazing out on a far-stretching 
scene of woods and cornfields, which glowed in the light 
of a marvelous sunset. His noble forehead and fine fea- 
tures seemed to be lit with pleasure as I entered the 

"He waved his hand toward the window as he pointed 
out the scene beyond, while in the other hand he held 
an open Bible, which he was always studying. 

trf: What are you reading now? 1 I asked as I was seated 
by his bedside. 'Hebrews! * he answered — 'still Hebrews, 
the Royal Book, I call it. 1 Then placing his finger on 
certain passages, he commented on them. 

"I made some allusions to the strong opinions ex- 
pressed by many persons on this history of the Creation, 
its grandeur, and then their treatment of the earliest 
chapters of the Book of Genesis. 

"He seemed greatly distressed, his fingers twitched 
nervously, and a look of agony came over his face as he 
"id, * I was a \m«ncr mar with unformed ideas. I threw 


out queries , suggestions , wondering all the time over 
everything; and to my astonishment , the ideas took like 
wildfire ♦ People made a religion of them. 

"Then he paused, and gave a few more sentences on 
'the holiness of God 1 and 'the grandeur of this Book, 1 
looking at the Bible which he was holding tenderly at 
the time . ♦ . 

"How I wished that I could have made a picture of . 
the fine old man and his beautiful surroundings on that 
memorable day!" 

Was there ever a more dramatic scene? The very soul 
of tragedy is here exposed to usl Darwin, enthusiast for 
for the Bible, speaking with glowing enthusiasm about 
"the grandeur of the Book," reminded of that modern 
evolutionary movement in theology which, linked with 
skeptical criticism, has become a blight in all the 
churches and has destroyed biblical faith in multi- 
tudes — Darwin, with a look of agony, deploring it all 
and declaring: "I was a young man with unformed ideas." 

This remarkable picture of Darwin is a challenge to 
every Modernist. What an overwhelming criticism. The 
"unformed ideas" of a young man are the basis of modern 
evolutionary theology. — Oswald J. Smith Selected 


Sometimes I wonder if anyone is as unfaithful to our 
Father as I am. How many mornings do we get out of bed 
and start the day' s work without talking to Him? What 
about at the close of the day? It shouldn't be, but I 
have to make a real effort to not just go to sleep. It 
should be the other way around; we shouldn't even consi- 
der going to sleep before thanking our Father for all the 
blessings of the day. I think of the hymn many times: 
"If we each evening would recall 

Misconduct of the day, 
We'd have much less to answer for 
In the great judgment day." 
How would we like it if our children would only confide 
in us as often as we do to our Father? We know Jesus has 
feelings like we do. How do we think He feels when He 

sees His children so unconcerned about spiritual matters? 

One day tnis month has been set aside for Father 1 s 
Day. There will be many cards and gifts sent on Father 1 s 
■ Day* Like anything else we do, if we only say with our 
mouth j it only means as much as the paper it is written 
on. Doesn't it hurt when we receive special "thank 
you r s and we know it isn ! t for real? How many times do 
we as God ! s children tell each other we love you (Holy 
kiss)? But soon our actions speak otherwise. I remember 
telling my mother that I loved her, and shs would say, 
"Actions speak louder than words." Jesus says the same 
thing only in a different way: "If you love me keep 
my commandments." 

This Jesus, the Father of all, has been shamefully 
neglected. He gives us everything we need; in compari- 
son, He gets very little thanks in return.. Although I 
know He is deeply hurt because of our actions, He still 
gives and gives and gives. He has many faithful children 
all over the world. Many that would die for Him because 
He died for us. Unlike you and me, He can be everywhere 
at once. There can T t enough be said of the good He does. 
He is our very life. Still the question is, "How can we 
we be so unthankful at times to such an one?" 

I came across a letter that I take very personally. 
I will share It with you. If it makes you feel guilty — 
it is also for you personally: 

Dear Friend, 

How are you? I just had to send a note to tell you 
how much I care about you. 

I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your 
friends. I waited all day hoping you would want to 
talk with me too. I gave you a sunset to close your 
day and a cool breeze to rest you and I waited. lou 
never came, It hurt me, but I still love you because 
I am your friend. 

I saw you sleeping last night and longed to touch 
your brow, so I spilled moonlight upon your face. Again 
I waited, wanting to rush down so \^e could talk. I have . 
so many gifts for youi You awoke and rushed off to work. 
My tears were in the rain. 

If you would only listen to me— I LOVE YOU 1 I try 


to tell you in blue skies and in the quiet green grass. 
I whisper it in leaves on the trees and breathe it -in 
colors of flowers, shout it to you in mountain streams, 
give the birds love songs to sing. I clothe you with 
warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature scents. 
My love for you is deeper than the ocean and bigger than 
the biggest need in your heart I 

Ask me I Talk with me! Please don't forget me. I 
have so much to share with you I 

I won't bother you any further. It is your decision 

I have chosen you and I will wait — . 

I love youl 

Your -Friend, 


—Everett Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 


KEVIN LEE MARTIN, .son of Dennis and Gloria (Martin) 
ilartihj was born August 1, 1985, in Elkhart County, 
Indiana. He was taken away by accidental death May 20, 
1988, at the age of 2 years, 9 months, and 20 days. 

Surviving besides the parents are two brothers; 
Owen Dean, age k years 11 months; and Galen Ray, age 8 
"reeks j his paternal grandparents: Clare and Rosetta 
YAvtln of rural Nappanee; and maternal grandparents: 
Gerald and Pauline Martin of rural Elkhart; also the 
naternal great-grandjparents: Aaron and Elizabeth Skiles 
uf Wakarusa, plus many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Kevin's passing on to glory Is the first for the fam- 
ily of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Skiles who have enjoyed 64^ 
v-ears of marriage. 

The family deeply mourns the loss of their little 
ron, but are resigned to the will of One who knoweth 
ill things. MY BROTHER AMD I 

(Kevin and Owen) 
I had a little brother; 
He was only two. 
Oh, I loved him dearly; 


I know he loved me too. 

We played a lot together 

With tractors , balls > and blocks. 

We didn't know the meaning 

Of the ticking of the clocks. 

We often helped our daddy 
As he went about his chores; 
Helping feed the hummies 
Or sweeping the barn floors. 

We liked to help him fix things 
That broke down now and then^ 
Like tractors , trucks % and combines; 
We loved to ride in them. 

We bathed and slept together 
And laughed and talked and cried,, 
But that is now all over; 
My little brother died. 

The clock ticked by the minutes 
As we helped take off the duals; 
Oh > how much fun we had 
Using Daddy 1 s tools. 

In just those few short minutes 
My brother j playmate 9 friend 
Left me to be with Jesus 
In that fair happy land. 

I hope to go and meet him 
On that fair shining shore , 
Where there 1 11 be no more parting ^ 
And time shall be no more. 

I miss hittij Oh I miss him 
For I loved him", oh, so much; 
Please pray for me, dear loved ottes, 
As I live xvithout his touch. 

— Their Loving Mother 


(Heb 12:29, I Pet 4:8, II Pet 3:10-12, Deut 4:24, 9:3) 

Our God is a consuming fire. 
Through His Word we observe His Love; 
Overflowing hearts with boiling desire 
To serve this fulfilling Master above. 

Love with a pure heart fervently. 
Elements melt with fervent heat. 
Melting, molding His people servantly; 
Commune, bonded one in heart, mind, and deed. 

Elements from within our frame; 
Flames licking out at our brother. 
Elements of contention, envy, blame; 
Tongues of shameful gossip grieves our Lover. 

Fire of the worldly, destroying 
The souls God so lovingly made. 
Satan's menacing, sly ways employing 
Cunning devices our spirit to fade. 

So much greater this fire of His; 
Gently flajnes in each Pilgrim's heart. 
Every day of our life a challenged quiz: 
Am I diligently doing my part? 

Fan the ebbing flame, let it spread; 

To those around us let it show 

Our desire is; love Jesus, He who bled* 

His power, to broken, contrite hearts does flow. 

Holy, marvellous God, our love 

To each Pilgrim; inflame, inspire; 

To be in Thy Kingdom with Thee above, 

Requires fervent love, Thy consuming fire. 

— Ron Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 




Luke 15:7: "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall 
be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than 
over ninety and nine just persons , which need no repent- 
ance." Our eyes are not able to see the angels that 
come to us from Heaven , but the Srriptures tell us they 
camp about us ; so we know they are keeping a record of 
all we say and do, and even of our thoughts. 


If I understand the Scriptures correctly, Jesus de- 
sired to have a very close Communion with His disciples 
before He left them. First He satisfied their natural 
appetites, so the bread and wine would not be taken for 
an effort to satisfy the body, but be taken to inspire 
their souls and to cause them to remember Him, 

I believe God created men and women to fill differ- 
ent places in life, and when an effort is made to make 
both the same, it creates confusion. Of course we know 
when one is unable to do his part, the other has to fill 
the lack, to the best of his ability, but that makes 
hardship. Each has a great responsibilitjr in the home, 
which is the stabilizing power of any people. If we 
don't fill our places we become, as James said, "a wave 
of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed." 


Are we hiding? Jesus said in John 3:20,21: "For 
everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither Com- 
eth to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his 
deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in 
God. n So we can know of ourselves if we love the light 
of God's word, or if we would rather hide from it. If 
I understand right, Jesus told Paul it was hard for Paul 
to kick against the pricks, referring to Paul's con- 
science. —Ernest Wagner 




Ignatius j who is also called Theophorus, to the Church 
which has obtained mercy, through the majesty of the 
Most High Father and Jesus Christ, His only-begotten 
Son; . ♦ , 


Through prayer to God I have obtained the privilege 
of seeing your most worthy faces, and have even been 
granted more than I requested; for I hope as a prisoner 
in Christ Jesus to salute you, if indeed it be the will 
of Go: 7 that I be thought worthy of attaining unto the 
end. For the beginning has been well ordered, if I may 
obtain grace to cling to my lot without hindrance unto 
the end. For I am afraid of your love, lest It should 
do me an injury. For it is easy for you to accomplish 
what you please; but it is difficult for me to attain 
to God, if ye spare me, 


For it is not my desire to act towards you as a man- 
pleaser, but as pleasing God, even as also ye please 
Him. For neither shall I ever have such (another) op- 
portunity of attaining to God; nor will ye, if ye shall 
now be silent, ever be entitled to the honour of a bet- 
ter work. For if ye are silent concerning me, I shall 
become God r s; but if you show your love to my flesh, I 
shall again have to run my race. Pray, then, do net 
seek to confer any greater favour upon me than that I 
be sacrificed to God while the altar is still prepared; 
that, being gathered together in love, ye may sing 
praise to the Father, through Christ Jesus, that God 
has deemed me, the bishop of Syria, worthy to be sent 
for from the east unto the west. It is good to set from 
the world unto God, that I may rise again to Him. 


Ye have never envied any one; ye have taught others. 
Now I desire that those things may be confirmed (by 
your conduct), which in your instructions ye enjoin (on 


others). Only request in my behalf both inward and out- 
ward strength, that I may not only speak, but (truly) 
will; and that I may not merely be called a Christian, 
but really be found to be one. For if I be truly found 
(a Christian), I may also be called one, and be then 
deemed faithful, when I shall no longer appear to the 
world. Nothing visible is eternal. "For the things 
which are seen are temporal, but the things which are 
not seen are eternal. 11 For our God, Jesus Christ, now 
that He is with the Father, is all the more revealed 
(in His glory). Christianity is not a thing of silence 
only, but also of (manifest) greatness. 


I write to the Chrrches, and impress on them all, 
that I shall willingly die for God, unless ye hinder me. 
I beseech of you not to show an unseasonable good-will 
towards me. Suffer me to become food for the wild 
beasts, through whose instrumentality it will be granted 
me to attain to God. I am the wheat- of God, and let me 
be ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may 
be found the pure bread of Christ. Rather entice the 
wild beasts, that they may become my tomb, and may leave 
nothing of my body; so that when I have fallen asleep 
(in death), I may be no trouble to any one. Then shall 
I truly be a disciple of Christ, when the world shall 
not see so much as my body. Entreat Christ for me, that 
by these instruments I may be found a sacrifice (to God). 
I^do not, as Peter and Paul, issue commandments unto 
you. They were apostles; I am but a condemned .man: 
they were free, while I am, even until now, a servant. 
But* when I suffer, I shall be the freedman of Jeisus, 
and shall rise again emancipated in Him. And now, be- 
ing a prisoner, I learn not to desire anything worldly 
or vain. (From The Ante- Nicene Fathers ) 

In the Christian life we must lose to gain; we must 
give to obtain; we must be humble to be exalted; we 
must be least to be greatest; we must die to live, 

— Selected 



married May 15 > 
New Address: 


Harry Hubler and Miriam Garber were 
1988 at Greenville , Ohio. 

1576 State Road 121 

New Madison, Ohio 45346 

(513) 996-3414 

BEERY — CONING Daniel Beery and Miriam Coning were 
married May 28, 1988 at Wakarusa, Indiana. 
New Address: 2563S-A C.R. 52 

Nappanee, Indiana 45440 

(219) 773-2801 

married June 4> 
New Address: 

Chris Crawmer and Jill Flora were 
1988 at Greenville, Ohio. 

18771 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, Calif 95379 

(209) 928-4615 

Linda Frick ■ 254 .E. Main. 


CABLE - A son, Kurtis Lavern, born May 25 > 1988 to 
Ron and Faythe Cable of Goshen, Indiana 


Joined together as man and wife, 

Blessed by God to share their life; 

Love is the key; adoration is the door, 

Respect for one another is the way to love more. 

Through trials you hold hands — together stand; 
In joys your hearts and spirits will blend. 
As Christ loved the Church so -should your love be, 
To be as one until you enter the realm of eternity, 

— James M. HIte 
Palmyra , Penna * 



When we are polite, what do we do, how do we act? 
We are kind and respectful to others around us. Let's 
look at the results of some children that were not re- 

There was once, an old man walking on the road to 
Bethel, Some children saw him and mocked him saying 
"Go up thou bald head; go up thou bald head." This man 
was Elisha, and he was a Godly man. After Elisha had 
walked past the children, he looked back and cursed them 
In the name of the Lord. Two bears came out of the 
woods and killed forty-two of them. 

Remember in the February issue we said sometimes 
when you are with other children , you do things you 
know you shouldn't. There were probably a few children 
that knew they shouldn't be so disrespectful to u that 
old man." Sometimes it is hard to be different, isn't 
It? It is better to do what you know Is best, than to 
follow the crowd and get punished. 

It still hurts me then I think back several years 
ago when four of us went to an institution where people 
stay that couldn't take care of themselves. We got one 
young man to sing for us. He couldn't talk plainly, so 
naturally it sounded different. I can picture him yet, 
standing there, his face red as a beet and singing for 
all he was worth. When we left we started making fun 
of him. Now over 26 years later, it still hurts when I 
think of this. Why? Because this man was putting a 
lot of effort in singing, and was doing the best he 
could. God makes no mistakes. There was a reason for 
this man's handicap. We were not only making fun at 
him,, but also at God. Children, I hope you are never 
guilty of mocking anyone. 

Jesus wants children to be happy. Let's think of 
others and be polite. Remember the Golden Rule? "Do 
unto others as you want them to do unto you." 

-Everett Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 


In His hands I leave tomorrow 

For my heavenly Father knows 
What is needed for my future; 
When it comes He will disclose 
Ways and means I could not reckon^ 
As His all-providing power 
Brings to pass the right solution 
All sufficient for each hour. 

As I meet with firm assurance } 

What the present now requires 5 
I am given strength and purpose 
So I ask that my desires , 
May be righteous ^ just> and kindly ^ 
Measured by His love^ I pray; 
In His hands I leave tomorrow j 
As I walk with Him today* 

— Delia Adams Leitner 


The happiest people don't have the best of every- 
thing; they make the best of what they have. 

When someone is wrapped up in himself ^ he makes 
a "very small parcel. 

Submitted by Lynn Cardin 


THE PILGRIM S ° n ° r ^ Calif ' 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne , Calif. 95379 


VOL. 35 

JULY, 1988 NO. 7 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." f Peter zn 


I look to Thee in every need 

And never look in vain; 
I feel Thy strong and tender love, 

And all is well again: 
The thought of Thee is mightier far 
Than sin and pain and sorrow are. 

Discouraged in the work of life, 
Disheartened by its load, 

Shamed by its failures or its fears, 
I sink beside the road; 

Bat let me only think of Thee, 

And then new heart springs up in me. 

Thy calmness bends serene- above 
My restlessness to still; 

Around me flows Thy quickening life, 
To nerve my faltering will; 

Thy presence fills my solitude; 

Thy providence turns all to good. 

Embosomed deep in Thy dear love, 
Held in Thy law, I stand; 

Thy hand in all things I behold, 
And all things in Thy hand; 

Thou leadest me by unsought ways. 

And turnest my mourning into praise. 
— Samuel Longfellow 

THE P!LGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"Dial 911 for emergency! » Peter reminded me as I 
fumbled with the phone book. Our enjoyable day at the 
Pacific coast had been interrupted when we found a man 
stranded on a steep cliff 50 feet above the beach. We 
had urged him to hold on while we went for help. Hop- 
ing to find a ranger we drove to a nearby camping area. 
There, at least, was a phone. 

Returning to the scene we found the man still un- 
harmed, but in great danger. Being somewhat drunk, he 
had attempted to slide down a steep, forbidden area 
and had miraculously lodged about 50 feet above the 
steep rocks and sand below. He was unable to climb 
back up and could not slide on down without falling. 
Before long, help arrived in the form of several ranger 
units, an ambulance, two firetrucks, and a helicopter. 
In a beautiful rescue, one of the rangers rappelled 
down the windy cliff, fitted a harness on the man, and 
stayed with him while the helpers above carefully low- 
ered him to the beach below. 

My family and I were reminded graphic ly of the fallen, 
precarious state of man without God. Since the fall, 
man is in trouble with God, for He has appointed a time 
of judgment, and all men must be there. Though our 
bodies decompose or our ashes are scattered, yet, as 
Job says, n in my flesh shall I see God. 11 Jesus tells 
us "Your time is always ready," and unless we have ac- 
cepted God T s offered terms of peace in Jesus Christ, we 
are like the man clinging to the cliff. 

First, man through his own fault and trespassing 
disobedience has become lodged in a place of extreme 
peril. Of his own effort he cannot get back, and he 
cannot safely get out or down. He is trapped in a con- 
dition of sin. He must see his peril and admit that 
he needs help. 

Second, he needs e xpert help. Only God can rescue 
him. The ranger risked his life, but Jesus gave His 


life to rescue us. In the beach incident, a well- 
meaning man with a light rope wanted to throw the rope 
over the edge for the man to grasp. But several things 
were wrong with this idea. The victim, in a rather 
drunken condition, may not have been able to hold on 9 
The rope was light and not tested to bear the strain* 
Those holding the rope at the top may not have been 
able to hold the man's weight. It was good that expert 
help arrived just in time to prevent a risky attempt at 

Jesus has the skill, and He instructs His followers 
in the necessary methods of rescue. VJhat would some of 
these "skills 11 be? Perhaps we would not name them skills 
but rather requirements of those who would be rescuers. 
The most important skill is love for the lost. God has 
it. Jesus demonstrated and proved it. And His follow- 
ers must employ it if they would rescue anyone. We must 
also feel concern and realize the peril of those in sin. 
It is an area where x^re must not be complacent. Rescue 
men are not lukewarm. God has good equipment. His grace 
is strong and will not break when we offer it to those 
"on the cliff." His grace inspires faith and hope on 
the part of those who are in sin. When we see the ef- 
fort He made for us, -we know we can trust our lives to 
Him. 'And this we must do if we would be rescued, for- 
given, and cleansed for a place in His kingdom. Obedi- 
ence and baptism demonstrate this faith in Him* 

As I think of the rescue at the beach and compare it 
further to God's divine rescue of His people, I remember 
that there were several kinds of people present. There 
was, of course, the one in need of help. We all are of 
this type and need to be delivered if we have not been. 
Above is our faulty. past. Below ihe rocks of destruc- 
tion if we are not saved. 

Then there were the professional- rescue men. These 
would compare to those who have given their lives to 
God, who themselves have been saved and called to help 
others. They are equipped with love and compassion, and 
use the grace of God as the means to rescue their fel- 
low men. Perhaps they have rescued before and will 


rescue again. There' were also rescuers who were 
not actually needed but gave support and back-up to 
those in the work. If we are not actually on the rope, 
we can give encouragement and help to those -who are. 

There were also at the scene those who wanted to do 
something to help : but were not skilled enough and did 
not have the right equipment. We were in that category. 
But in the spiritual rescues, we must be more than by- 
standers, lie must have the love and humility, the con- 
cern and the grace of God to be involved in the rescue. 

There was still a fourth type of person at the rescue 
scene. They were the friends of the man on the cliff. 
They were in the same condition as he was and they were 
bad company. They harassed- the rescuers with obscene 
language, wanting them to work faster and to throw the 
man a rope before the ranger actually went down to help 
him* If you are in sin, your friends in the same con- 
dition cannot help you. They will only make your posi- 
tion worse j giving you false assurances and -false hopes. 
Only God can help us. 

lie know what to do when we see a man in trouble — on 
a cliff — drowning in the river — injured on the highway. 
Emergency teams of all categories are ready to move at 
all hours of the day or night. Radio communications 
link these teams to help and support one another. 

But in the church how ready are we to answer the 
calls for help? Are we so involved in our own work or 
play that the pleas for help are not even recognized? 
Luke in the Acts reports that Paul in Athens saw the 
city wholly given to idolatry and his spirit was stirred 
in him. (16:16) Are we stirred when we see men in per- 
il all around us? Do we mourn and weep for the lost 
and cry out "Why doesn r t someone do something? " We see 
the church in a divided condition — unable or unwilling 
to pull together to save souls. Me see church leaders 
so involved in internal problems that emergency mea- 
sures to the lost are impossible. May God open our 
eyes and stir our .hearts to the needs around us. — L.C* 

"And others save with fear, pulling them out of the 
firej hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.' 1 



What will we give in exchange for our souls? Do we 
say we will never, never give anything in exchange for 
our souls? We must be careful. Of course we desire 
and think we will never turn our backs on Jesus, but do 
we know the future? Like Peter in Matthew 26:33-35. 
"Peter answered and said unto him, Though all man shall 
be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offend- 
ed. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee^ That 
this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me 
thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with 
thee yet will I not deny thee. Likewise said all the 
disciples. 11 Also in Luke 22:33 Peter said he would be 
willing to go with Jesus to prison and to death. And 
in John 13:37 Peter said he would lay down his life for 
the sake of Jesus, but did he? All the disciples left 
Jesus at the hour of torture and He had to stand alone 
for God to pay for your sins and mine. Peter denied he 
knew Him, so we must be careful how we talk, but we do 
need bo pray that God will help us to keep true and 
only follow Jesus all the way. We need to ask God to 
give us strength to face each temptation and not let 
the devil destroy our souls. We don't dare look at the 
world, our brother, our sister, but only keep our- eyes 
on Jesus and study His v/ord and keep our desires to 
only follow Jesus regardless what the world, our families, 
our neighbors, our brethren, and our sisters will say. 

Let T s look into each of our lives and see what we 
think the most of. Is there an idol in our lives? Let 
us do as Jesus told Satan in Matthew 4:10. n Thou shalt 
worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." 
Exodus 34:14: "For thou shalt worship no other God: for 
the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." 
We might say, "Well, I'll only worship God." But let 1 s 
look close into our lives as God knows our hearts, and 
the devil knows our weakness. Do we do as it says in 
I Thessalonians 4:17, 18: "Pray without ceasing. In 
everjrthing give thanks: for this is the will of God 
in Christ Jesus concerning you" or do we use our time 
thinking of all the work we need to do to keep our 


farms, our homes looking nice, to make more money, to 
please everyone around us and be friends to everyone 
so people look up to us, etc. etc... Vie need by the 
help of the Spirit to keep these things in the proper 
piece. We can pray and praise God as we go about our 
work and necessarj^ duties of life. If we pray without 
ceasing, the evil thoughts and jealousies cannot enter 
into our minds to destroy our souls. 

Let us ask again what will we give in exchange for 
our souls? Sometimes it's not much we will give in 
exchange for our souls and to think that each soul has 
more value than the whole world. Do we love our cars, 
our clothes , our hair, a person, our farms, our homes, 
our money, or honor from men? God wants all of our love; 
anything we love more than God is an idol. Naturally 
we love our children, our families, our dear ones; but 
do we uphold our loved ones even in xvrong because we 
love them? Isn't this putting them before God and try- 
ing to change His word to mean something else because 
it doesn't agree with the way we want to do something 
or how our loved ones are doing it? Do we spend so 
much of our time making money to pay our debts that we 
don't have time to go to church meetings, church work 
daj^s, to visit the fatherless and widows and give en- 
couragement and a helping hand, or time to read the 
Bible and declare it to the lost souls? Do we look at 
our farms and homes and say like Nebuchadnezzar in 
Daniel 4:30, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have 
built for the house- of the kingdom by the might of my 
power, and for the honour of my majesty?" We know that 
all we have or ever shall have belongs, to God because 
He gave it to us, and we are only using it while passing 
through on our journey home. Dear ones, let's not let 
anything come between us and God but keep God first in 
our lives. God is first and above all and we need to 
give our all to God. All the things of this life are 
secondary. We could go on and on, but we each know our 
hearts and lives, and only we know if God is first in 
our hearts and lives. It can even get closer in our 
religious life. We could worship the church, look up 


to our ministers, brethren and sisters, but remember, 
everything and everyone has a proper place , but we only 
serve God and look to Him and His word as our guide . 

As I write this, I ! m not saying I'm perfect, but as 
the Sprirt gives the words I write them, and I see my 
weakness and need to walk closer to God, I need to ex- 
amine my heart and life more closely and strive to do 
better in the future than I have in days gone by. Like 
a minister said, "What minister, if he preaches the word, 
does not condemn himself at times? 11 

Let us study God's word more and walk closer and 
only keep our eyes on our Savior and God and try to 
live perfect as Jesus lived when He walked on this earth. 
When we come face to face with God He can say as in 
Matthew 25? 34* "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit 
the kingdom prepared' for you from the foundation of the 
world." But let us think how terrible and sad, sad, sad 
if we get to judgment and God will say as in Matthew 
25:41^ "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, 
prepared for the devil and his angels," and it will be 
too late to have another chance to do better and follow 
God closer and serve Him and have Him only first in our • 
lives. Think how terrible is the punishment of hell 
fire and the second death. 

May each of us continue to pray to God to help us 
only live for Him and resist the evil one. Ask God for 
knowledge to be able to discrrn right and wrong and 
understand more of His word and way and His will in our 
lives. When we place God first nothing can come between 
us and God. May we say as Paul in Romans £:3S (and be- 
lieve and practice it): "For I am persuaded that nei-. 
ther death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor 
height, nor depth, nor any other .creature, shall be able 
to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ 
Jesus our Lord. 

— Violet Flora 
Rio Verde, 
Goias, Brazil 



It is our custom to have carry-in dinners after 
Church services on certain Sundays. I'd guess we all 
enjoy these occasions. They provide time for fellow- 
ship and togetherness, as well as abundance of delicious 

But; dinners also mean work, and are sometimes even 
a burden for some. Here in Ohio we usually have two 
sisters responsible for the main part of the meal each 
time. Therefore, these sisters have more to do than the 
rest each time their turn comes around. And, often, 
we find the biggest problem is deciding what to fix. 

Another big job for us here is the cleaning of the 
basement schoolroom. Desks must be stacked in a corner 
and everything rearranged. All our school items from 
teacher 1 s desks, countertops, etc. need to be tucked 
carefully away; chalk, erasers, and yardsticks must be 
put up. This is partly to discourage young ones from 
breaking yardsticks and scribbling on blackboards, and 
so on, but it is also necessary for room. And, of course, 
after the meal we must get all set up for school again. 

Being one of the teachers, I tend to become tired of 
these duties, as many of the details fall to us to do. 
I was gently reprimanded once this past school year when 
I found out late Saturday evening that \^e were to have 
a church dinner the next day — just for our local con- 
gregation. (We do not move desks at these times.) Bat 
besides needing to fix a "dish," I felt I must get to 
church early and "childproof" the schoolroom. It really 
wasn't so much to do, but I was rebellious about it in 
my mind. That very morning, before I left, I had time 
for a little reading in the book One Anothering . I hap- 
pened to be at the chapter on Hospitality. It quoted 
the Good News Bible as saying, "Open your homes to each 
other without complaining," besides giving other ap- 
pro piate thoughts. I felt rebuked of God and realized 
that the small amount of work that falls to me is really 
very little, and, done cheerfully and lovingly, is not 
even a burden. I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and 


singing that afternoon. Thank-you, God, for these 
gentle rebuke si 

It also holds true that "many hands make light work/ 
and each church dinner we have spread before us such an 
abundant and satisfying feast that we can't even taste 
all of it. We eat It, and then our body's digestive 
system takes over from there and we think no more about 
it. Perhaps a day or two later we can't even remember 
what we ate. 

As vie sang hymn number 211 last Sunday, I was im- 
pressed with the stanza: 

Eternal wisdom has prepared 

A soul-reviving feast, 
And bids your longing appetites 

The rich provision taste. 

Here we sat, expecting to eat a big dinner from the 
food prepared by many of the sisters — it was all ready 
and waiting in the basement. Much time, thought, and 
toil had gone into preparing it. 

But, how prepared were we for the feast that "Eternal 
wisdom" had for" us? Whose responsibility is it to get 
the spiritual feast ready and spread it before us each 
Lord's Day? Of course, God is the Source and Giver, 
but as with the carry-in meal, it needs some prepara- 
tion, measuring, sifting, fitting together palatable 
ingredients, and then a way of presentation. 

Oh, the preacher is the responsible one I Right 1 
He's got the job and the responsibility! He must de- 
cide what to serve, prepare it, and serve it. And, I 
often pity the preacher because from my view of the 
audience, (and sometimes judging by myself) there aren't 
very many "hungry" people there, and much of that ef- 
fort seems to be* f or naught. Besides, does the preacher 
see us getting healthy and growing on this food? 

Let's back up here a bit I Is it all the preacher's 
responsibility?* NO! He is just the one bringing the 
"main part of" the meal." Each and every one of us has 
a part to do In this spiritual feast. First, we need 
to pray that God would reveal a needed subject to the 


preacher j and that the preacher would be open to » fix- 
ing' 1 that menu for us;, that he's willing to put forth 
the time and effort needed to make it a good, healthy, 
appetizing meal. 

We have more to do! We need to prepare ourselves; 
cultivate an appetite for spiritual food; get enough 
rest Saturday night and train ourselves to be awake and 
alert to receive the message. (Perhaps asking God's 
help is needful for some of those whose spirit Is willing, 
but flesh weak in this area.) We have a responsibility 
to sit up reasonably straight and appear, at least, to 
be thankfully partaking of this spiritual feast with 
relish. (Hopefully, the appearance is because we really 
arel) Any cook knows it's much easier to cook up good 
food if she knows there will be those who eat freely 
and relish it. Don't you suppose it is the same with 
a preacher? 

Another hard job we have is to draw in the wander- 
ings of our minds and get them centered on the message. 
We need to actively participate in the singing before 
and after the message and pray silently with the verbal 
prayers. All of this will make us "active listeners" 
and the preacher will be able to sense it and vail be 
provoked to do his best. And God will bless. 

We also need to round out the meal with side dishes 
and desserts of our own. To do this, we add to the 
main dish that the preacher gives us, thoughts of our 
own on the subject. Vie apply it to our own lives, 
situations, and weaknesses. We perhaps go home and 
"use his recipe" and our own study to make up a spirit- 
ual "dish" for ourselves. Then, best of all, we show 
by our lives that we've partaken and been nourished! 

One contrast with our church dinners enters the sub- 
ject now. As previously stated, after we eat, our di- 
gestive system takes over and digests our food, and the 
body uses It without our giving it another thought. 
This is not so with the spiritual feast. How often can 
you tell someone on Monday what the sermon you heard 
Sunday was about? Often I cannot 1 Yfe need to think 
about what we've heard and consciously direst it— for 


days and weeks. I find it helps if I write letters 
Sunday afternoons or evenings and mention some points 
of the morning f s sermon in them. Bat if we never once 
give it another thought, the feast that "Eternal wisdom" 
prepared for us has been wasted on us. Now, isn't that 
a shame after all the time and effort that went into 
preparing it? Besides, God desires that we have healthy 
spiritual lives, so let us partake, actively and joy- 
fully, thanking God, the Giver. 

Let every mortal ear attend, 
And every heart rejoice, 

The trumpet of the gospel sounds, 
With an inviting voice. 

Submitted with prayers that I might do 
more of my share for each Sunday's 
spiritual feast. 

— Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


In reading the messages to the churches in the Rever- 
lation, we find only two that did not need to correct 
themselves and repent of their doings. Jesus no doubt 
gave them for those churches at that time, and it is re- 
corded for our admonition today. He didn't tell them to 
be separate from one another, but for each to correct 
themselves. lie did say He would spew the Laodicians out 
for thinking they had need of nothing, and being luke- 


II Corinthians 1:4: "Who comforteth us in all our 
tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which 
are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves 
are comforted of God." So we see our tribulations and 
trials should make us feel the need of one another, and 
give us compassion and love for all men in any troubles. 
It should draw all believers closer together and closer 
to the Lord, — Ernest Wagner 



LEAH SKILES, 93, of rural Nappanee, died June 13, 1988. 
She was born November 19, 1894, to Henry J. and Susan 
(Wise) Gripe of Carroll County, Indiana. 

Leah was united in marriage to Edward Royer January 
28, 1928. To this union were born two sons: Raymond 
of Goshen, Indiana, and Herman of Nappanee, with whom 
she made her home the past lOf years. 

Edward preceded her in death November 12, 1964 • 

On March 10, 1966, she was united in marriage to 
David Skiles, who preceded her in death on August 13, 

Early in life she confessed the Lord Jesus Christ 
as her Saviour and called for Christian baptism* She 
remained a faithful member of the Old Brethren Church 
until her death. 

Surviving also are four step sons; David Royer of 
RossviJJe, Indiana; Silas Skiles of Flora, Indiana; 
Harvey Skiles of Ohio; and Clement Skiles of Flora, 
Indiana; two step daughters: Lydia Kinsley of Delphi, 
Indiana; and Rhoda Beckner of Ohio; one brother: Samuel 
Gripe of Flora, Indian, ; 14 gi-andchildren; 40 great 
grandchildren; and a number of step grandchildren, great 
grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. 

Her parents preceded her in death, also one step 
daughter, Sarah Wagoner; two sisters, Elizabeth Gripe 
and Mary Skiles; three brothers, Jacob, Ezra, and Daniel. 

Leah greatly enjoyed her association with church 
members and family, especially "the little folks" — 
grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

My hope Is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus 1 blood and righteousness; 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
But wholly lean on Jesus 1 name. 

Funeral services were held at 9:00 a.m. at the home 
and 10:00 a.m. at the Old Brethren Church, near Wakarusa, 
Indiana. Hymns used we re #392 , #384, #393, and #455. 

Her body was laid to rest in the North Union Cemetery 
to x^ait the return of the' Lord. — The Partly 



The following is from the last part of the Epistle 
of Barnabas dated A.D. 100. This was not the Barnabas 
of the New Testament and was possibly a Gentile Christian. 

CHAPTER 19.— Tin HAY OF LIGHT. ' • • 

The way of light , then, is as follows • If any one 
desires to travel to the appointed place , he must be 
zealous in his works. The knowledge, therefore, which 
is given to us for the purpose of walking in this way, 
is the following. Thou shalt love Him that created 
thee: thou shalt glorify Him that redeemed thee from 
death, Thou simple in heart, and rich in spi- 
rit. Thou shalt not join thyself to those who walk in. 
the way of death. Thou shalt hate doing what is un- 
pleasing to God: thou shalt hate all hypocrisy. Thou 
shalt not forsake the commandments of the Lord. Thou 
shalt not exalt thyself, but shalt be of a lowly' mind.. 
Thou shalt not take glory to thyself. Thou shalt not 
take evil counsel against thy neighbour. Thou shalt 
not allow over-boldness to enter into thy soul. Thou 
shalt not commit fornication: thou shalt not commit 
adultery: thou shalt not be a corrupter of youth. Thou 
shalt not let the word of God issue form thy lips with 
any kind of impurity. Thou shalt not accept persons 
when thou reprovest any one for transgression. Thou 
shalt be meek: thou shalt be peaceable. Thou shalt 
tremble at the words, which thou hearest. Thou shalt not 
be mindful of evil 'against thy brother. Thou shalt not 
be of doubtful mind as to whether a thing shall be or 
not. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain. 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour more than thine own soul. 
Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion; 
nor, again, shalt thou destroy it after it is born. 
Thou shalt not withdraw thy hand from thy son, or from 
thy daughter, but from their infancy thou shalt teach 
them the fear of the Lord. Thou shalt not covet what 
is thy neighbour's, nor shalt thou be avaricious. Thou 
shalt not be joined in soul with the haughty, but thou 
shalt be reckoned with the righteous and lowly. Receive 



thou as good things the trials which come upon thee. 
Thou shalt not be of double mind or of double tongue 
for a double tongue is a snare of death. Thou shalt ' be 
subject to the Lord, and to (other) masters as the image 
of God, with modesty and fear. Thou shalt not issue 
orders with bitterness to thy maid-servant or thy man- 
servant, who trust in the same (God), lest thou shouldst 
not reverence that God who is above both; for He came to 
call men not according to their outward appearance, but 
according as the Spirit had prepared them. Thou shalt 
communicate in all things with thy neighbour; thou shalt 
not call things thine own; for if ye are partakers in 
common of things which are incorruptible, how much more 
(should you be) of those things which are corruptible* 
Thou shalt not be hasty with thy tongue, for the mouth 
is a snare of death. As far as possible, thou shalt be 
pure in thy soul. Do not be ready to stretch forth thy 
hands to take ■ whilst thou contractest them to give. 
Thou shalt love, as the apple of thine eye, every one 
that speaketh to thee the word of the Lord. Thou shalt 
remember the day of judgment, night and day. Thou shalt 
seek out every day the faces of the saints, either by 
word examining them, and going to exhort them, and medi- 
tating how to save a soul by the word, or by thy hands 
thou shalt labour for the redemption of thy sins. Thou 
shalt not hesitate to give, nor murmur when thou givest. 
"Give to every one that asketh thee," and thou shalt 
know who is the good Recompenser of the reward. Thou 
shalt preserve what thou hast received (in charge), 
neither adding to it nor taking from it. To the last 
thou shalt hate the wicked (one). Thou shalt judge 
righteously. Thou shalt not make a schism, but thou 
shalt pacify those that contend by bringing them to- 
gether. Thou shalt confess thy sins. Thou shalt not 
go to prayer with an evil conscience. This is the wav 
of light. J 

But the way of darkness is crooked, and full of 
cursing; for it is the way of eternal death with punish- 
ment, in which way are the things that destroy the soul. 

—The Ante-Wicene Fathers 



The snake was crawling closer and closer to the nest. 
The mother bird was making distressful noises. The male 
bird flew away as if in search for something. Soon he 
s flew back with a branch covered with leaves and laid it 
on the mother and her young. By this time the snake 
was almost to the nest. He raised his head as if to 
devour the birds , then threw his head back and slid 
down the tree and left. The male bird had gotten a 
branch that was poisonous to snakes, one that snakes 
never touch. 

A converted atheist in South Africa was in the woods 
looking for game when he noticed the snake craxfling up 
the tree. His first question was, "Who taught the 
bird his only defense against his enemy?" The only 
answer was God. 

Remember how "the snake" deceived Eve in the garden? 
Eve knew God had said not to eat of the tree of the 
knowledge of good and evil. Satan asked Eve, "Did God 
say you shouldn't ea,t of this tree?" Eve told Satan 
that God said she would die if they ate of the tree. 
Satan said, "You will not die ." Even today the old 
devil is trying to devour children. 

When your Godly parents Instruct you how to live, 
"the snake" puts the question in your minds? "Do we 
have to?" If Satan can get God's children to question 
His word, then we get unhappy. All children want to 
be happy. Do you know how to be happy at all times? 
By always being obedient to your parents. There are 
two kinds of happiness. One kind lasts for only a 

short time. is the author of this kind. The 

other kind is true happiness and lasts forever. Who 
can cause us to be happy forever? . 

— Everett Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 


Crash I Another big wave rolls into the solid rock 
on the beach 1 The water sprays into the air, forty feet 
or higher* It descends on the flourishing seaweed and 
cascades over the rocks back into the Pacific* 

How fascinating! and to think this is happening and 
has happened every ten seconds for almost 6,000 years 
with a steady rythm and yet not really any pattern. I 
can only think of God's unchangeableness and power. The 
psalmist says, "He gathereth the waters of the sea to- 
gether as an heap: he layeth up the depth in store- 
houses." (Psalms 33:7) 

This tremendous body of salt water gives life. As I 
watched the waves thundering against the rock that I 
was sitting on, I saw all kinds of life. Mussels, sea- 
weed, starfish and countless other creatures were cling- 
ing to the rocks right on the surf line, and up on top 
of the rock there were several kinds of moss and algae. 
Then I looked about 15 feet inland where the surf did 
not reach with the exception of the extremely high tides, 
and all I saw was dry, bare rocks — nothing growing there. 

Here is room to do some comparing. Acts 17:28 says, 
n For in Him we live and move and have our being..." We 
can all live and grow if we are planted close enough to 
Jesus to receive a splash of His life. And the closer 
we live to Him, the more we grow and thrive. Notice how 
the seaweed and mussels grew where they could receive a 
big splash of water every time a wave came in, and the 
moss and algae plants that will do with less water were 
found at the outer edge of the wave's splash. I believe 
we all want to thrive and grow to be strong plants for 
Christ. Just take it from nature: the closer v/e can. 
get to the Source of life, the more life we will have. 

— Peter Cover Tuolumne, Calif. 

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VOL. 35 AUGUST, 1988 NO, 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 7 Peter 2:it 


We pray for patience, and the Father sends 
A patience born of aching loneliness. 
Deep loneliness for cherished absent friends; 
So patience grows J He answers our request. 

And when we ask for strength, the Father sees 
That through enduring hardness strength is built; 
So trials come instead of pleasant ease, 
And we grow strong in saying ,f as Thou wili." 

We pray, M Dear Lord, our feeble Faith increase, u 
Then friends prove false, and fiercest storms assail. 
But through the darkest night of pain, there T s peace 
In trusting God, for He can never fail. 

We seek to love more perfectly; God gives 
A host of small vexations day by day. 
For he who truly loves, victorious lives 
Above annoyances along the way. 

The virtues we desire to possess 

Must be attained through hardship and through loss; 

The only soul that God can truly bless 

Is the one who dies to self and bears the cross. 

— Author Unknown 

"For all things are for your sakes, that the abund- 
ant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound 
to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but 
though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is 
renewed day by day. (II Cor. 4:15,16) 

— Selected by Betty Beery 

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Outside my window a Rain Bird sprinkler is splashing 
its water on the vegetation around our house. Without 
it our yard would resemble a desert. For water turns 
a dry country into a pleasant garden. 

This summer has been a specially hot, dry one for 
most of our readers. Some of you have watched your 
corn and other crops start growing and then shrivel for 
want of water. Perhaps we need these drought years to 
help us appreciate more the pleasant, damp ones. Per- 
haps also we car: draw some spiritual lessons from these 
dry times. Do we ever compare in our souls 1 experiences 
to a dry year? Are we dependant on God to supply us 
with spiritual growth and prosperity just like the 
earth depends upon the rain? Are we quick to recognize 
our God as the Giver of "ever good gift and every per- 
fect gift" as James tells us? 

The people in the land of Israel in the past knew 
the importance of water, and they do today. Drought 
was one of the ways God used to turn the people back to 
Him and make them recognize their dependance on Him. 

In Isaiah 44:3,4 God tells us, "For I will pour 
water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry 
ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my, 
blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring 
up as among the grabs, as willows by the water courses." 
What a vivid promise for those experiencing drought! 
But this promise refers to drought of soul. Reading on 
we see that it speaks of our relationship to God. Any- 
one who is thristy for the water (the Spirit) of God 
can be assured of an abundant supply. And let there be 
no mistake, everyone who has not found the Source of 
living water, the Lord Jesus Christ, is suffering spir- 
itual drought . 

This world that is called the green planet and the 
only one with water and life, nevertheless is without 
the Water of Life referred to in the Scriptures. Ponce 


de Leon* the Spanish explorer of Florida, was search- 
ing for the "fountain of youth" and of course he never 
found it. He was searching this earth. 

Men seem to have a thirst for spiritual satisfaction. 
It is a "basic need met only by God in Christ Jesus. But 
men search and long for something better than this 
earth offers. Unless we search in the right place, we 
remain dry. God tells us in Jeremiah 2:13^ "For my 
people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me 
the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cist- 
erns, broken cisterns that can hold no water." When we 
reject the water of life from God we have no place else 
for a source. Broken cisterns "(the philosophies and 
false religions and idolatries of the world) simply 
cannot hold water. 

How is it with us? Have we found that water of life? 
The promise in Revelation 22:17 is similar to that in 
Isaiah: "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come, And 
let him that heareth say 5 Come. And let him that is 
athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the 
water of life freely." If we have found and partaken 
of this water of life, we will be productive and grow- 
ing — bearing fruit.. We can point others to it and 
teach our children of it. 

Last night our water supply line came apart. In- 
stead of pouring water out the sprinkler, it flooded 
dry ground all night. It became muddy where it had 
been packed and dry. Now if this could be done repeat- 
edly with some planting and care, this dry ground would 
soon be productive. But one time is not enough. If 
vegetation starts, as it probably will, It will soon 
die if not given more water. 

So with us. A one-time drinking cf the water of life 
is not sufficient. It must become our life to daily 
partake of Jesus Christ through His Spirit. 

What does it mean? Back to the broken cistern pic- 
ture. Men today have never had so much to read. But 
do they read God's Word? Men have never had such good- 
transportation. But do they travel to worship at 
church and to fellowship with one another? In our 


country there is more food, more leisure time,. more 
entertainment, more music* But are all these things 
consecrated to God? 

We take the water of life when we read and study 
God T s Word. We take another drink when we pray and 
meditate; another when we hear the Word preached and 
obey it. When Jesus directs our very thoughts and 
words, we know that water of life is supplying us spi- 
ritually. When we can tsll of our peace and joy, when 
we can lead our children in the way, when we can influ- 
ence a soul to choose life, we are growing and flour- 
ishing in God 1 s own way. 

In short, God offers to give us this water of life 
and thereby change us into new creatures. May we thirst 
for this new life like the writer in Psalm 42:1,2: 

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, 

so panteth ray soul after thee, God. 

My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God..." 

— L.C. 

I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame, 
And nothing satisfying there I found; 
But to the blessed cross of Christ oneday I came, 
Where springs of living water did abound. 

How sweet the living water from the hills of God, 
It makes me glad and happy all the way; 
Nov/ glory*.- grace and blessing mark the path I T ve trod, 
I'm shouting "Hallelujah" every day* 

sinner, won«t you come today to Calvary, 
A fountain there is flowing deep and wide; 
The Savior now invites you to the vi&ter free, 
Where thirsting spirits can be satisfied. 

CHORUS: Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Happy now am I, 
My soul they satisfy; 

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
wonderful and bountiful supply. 

— John W. Peterson 



Men pleasers or God pleasers. Which are we? Paul 
writes twice exhorting servants to be careful in their 
conduct; to "obey your masters. . .not with eyeservice, 
as menpleasersj but in singleness of hearty fearing God, 
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, 
and not unto rnan. n (Col. 3:22,23) Don't do things just 
because you know you 1 re being' watched, but obey from the 
heart . Our real Master is looking inside us and will 
pay accordingly: "knowing that of the Lord ye shall 
receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve 
the Lord Christ." (Col. 3:24) 

"Heartily" Gf^aks of attitude more than performance: 
from the heart , determined, sincere and willing. Often 
"heartily" is mistaken to mean "with- much action," but 
sometimes there's a lot of movement with no real work 
being done. As Christians we need to daily question 
our motives for doing what we do, living as we live, 
dressing as we dress, working as we work, etc, "Way am 
I doing this?" If our honest answer is "to be seen of 
men," we have some growing to do. If our response is 
"for the Lord," we can proceed with confidence. 

God' s enemy and ours works primarily through self to 
thwart Goc's plan for our lives. It's possible to think 
we're livin^ "for the Lord" and really not be. Satan 
feels good when people think this, for in this position 
they are not effective in Christ's work, nor is their 
testimony influential. Many "professors" but few 
"possessors" is the result. Our guard against this 
error is primarily God's word and also the cautions of 
our brethren and sisters and sometimes even the testi- 
mony of unbelievers. 

In Jesus' tiine a group of influential, wel-respected 
men were told they "loved the praise of men more than 
the praise of God." (John 12:43) They were more con- 
cerned with their social and "religious" position than 
really being right with God. Even though they believed, 
this "menpleasing" attitude hindered them from stepping 
forward and confessing Christ. We believe in Jesus 


Christ • We believe His word. Do we really confess Him 
and demonstrate our belief in our lives? Human nature 
hasn T t changed in the last 2000 years. It's just as 
easy today as it was then to let pride , self esteem, 
status , and social pressure keep us from fully confess- 
ing Him. 

Let us all heed Paul's instructions often to "Exam- 
ine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your 
own selves. 11 (II Cor. 13:5) As we live in these latter 
days may we realize the eriousness and need for a true 
Christian testimony and with Joshua declare, "As for 
and my house, we will serve the Lord," (Joshua 24:15) 

— Lloyd Wagner 

Modesto, California 




A person has to use what ability he has to gain more 
ability. We find when Paul asked Jesus to take away 
the thorn in his flesh, Jesus told him His strength was 
made perfect in weakness. Moses tried to excuse him- 
self because he was slow of speech, but God didn T t allow 
him- to do that. He sent his brother Aaron to speak 
for him. No one person is complete in every way, but 
by helping one another we can gain strength. God gives 
to each the talents he can use. 


When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, 
He gave them one command, not to eat of the tree of the 
knowledge of good and evil. When they disobeyed, it 
caused confusion, causing them to question God's word, 
by their own knowledge. This contrary reasoning has 
been the history of man's life here on earths We must 
not question God ! s Word by our reasoning of good and 
evil, or lean on our own understanding, "...hath not 
God made foolish the wisdom of this world." (I Cor. 1:21) 

— Ernest Wagner 



What does hope mean? The dictionary gives two mean- 
ings for it, one being to desire with expectation of 
fulfilment. Trust and faith are synonyms for this def- 
inition. The other meaning of hope— -to wish — is not the 
Bible's use of hope nor should it be ours in regard to 
our Christian lives. When we say, "I hope it doesn't 
rain tomorrow," we're desiring no rain, but we have no 
choice in whether it does or not, A Christian's hope 
is built on his choice of serving God, "The Lord de- 
lights in those who fear him, who put their .hope in his 
unfailing love," Psalm 147:11. (NIV) 

It is interesting to note that the word hope , or a 
form of it is used seventeen times in* the forty-one 
chapters of Job, Could a man in Job's position endure 
without hope? I "For in this hope (the redemption of 
our bodies v. 23) we were saved. But hope that is seen 
is no hope at all. " Who hopes for what he already has? 
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for 
it patiently," Romans 8:24,25 (NIV) "Now faith is being 
sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not 
see." Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) The latter verse shows us that 
the hope listed five times in the preceding passage is 
concrete, not abstract. "Set your hope fully on the 
grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed." 
I Peter 1:13 (NIV) 

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth 
into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus 
Christ from the dead." I Peter 1:3 (NIV) We cannot have 
a living hope without a living Christ," "For the law 
made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better 
hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God." Heb 7:19 

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace 
in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the 
power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13 God is a God of 
hope whether or not we believe in Him, but we cannot 
hope unless we believe in Him. That belief or hope in 
God is the only thing we have that others cannot take 
from us. Priceless possession! 


Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church: "We continu- 
ally remember before our God and Father your work pro- 
duced by faith , your labor prompted by love , and your 
endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 
I Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV) That's a beautiful thing to 
have said about your churchy isn't it? Their work, 
labor, and endurance was possible only because of their 
faith, love, and hope. Notice that the same three words 
are used in I Corinthians 13:13. "and now abideth faith, 
hope , charity (love), these three..." What a powerful 

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even 
our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us ever- 
lasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort 
your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and 
work." (II Thessalonians 2:16, 17) 

— Elva Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 


"I am the vine, ye are the branches. 11 (Jn. 15:5) 
Jesus, the Vine, needs us, the branches, to do His work 
in the world. What a sublime thought — that Jesus needs 
something we can yield Him I He asks us to be productive, 
He asks us to bear for Him the fruits of the Spirit — 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faith, and more. He cannot offer to the world the. 
sweetness of these "grapes" unless we, the branches, 
bring them forth. 

Jesus spared no words to impress upon us how import- 
ant it is to be productive. He said we cannot be happy 
at all unless we are bearing fruit in Him. He went even 
further than that — He declared that an unfruitful branch 
would be "taken away." (Jn. 15:2) Lopped off the vine 
by the Father's righteous pruning knife i Cast into the 
fire and burned! (Jn. 15:6) The branch has one proper 
use — to bear fruit; failing this, It is good for one 
other purpose — fuel. 

This is a sobering thought indeed. To think that we 



may actually be a branch in the vine, through our pro- 
fession of faith in Christ; yet because we fail to bear 
fruit , we will one day be cast out I No man can cut a 
j branch from a tree to which it has never been united. 

What, then, is the. secret of productivity as a 
Christian? Christ's answer to that question is awesome 
in its simplicity. "Abide in me/ 1 He said. (Jn. 15:4) 
"He that abideth in me, and I in Him,, the same bringeth 
forth much fruit." (Jn. 15:5) He did not tell us to ex- 
pend great personal efforts to do wondrous works for 
Him. He did not tell us to beg the Father for power to 
be fruitful. Did you ever hear of a branch pleading 
with its vine to send down sap? The branch merely stays 
on the vine — and expects . Christ's part is a sure pro- 
mise. He will remain within us through the "sap" of the 
Holy Spirit — as long as we keep up our part. And our 
part is to abide. What a lovely, serene, soothing word 
that is I Only abide in Him. 

What does it mean to abide in Jesus? That is more 
than I can tell in the full. But surely it means main- 
taining a constant awareness of His presence within us. 
It involves the cultivation of a desire to know His will, 
His every desire for our lives. It means practising to 
stay in touch with His indwelling power daily, hourly, 

The fruits will blossom and swell only as we put this 
"sap" — this power — to use in the nitty-gritty experi- 
ences of everyday life. A Mother must learn to let the 
"abiding Christ" work out in her the endless patience 
she needs with her children; so also with a schoolteach- 
er. Young people must learn to allow the power of 
Christ in them to overcome temptations. Ministers need 
Christ's power in a special way as they seek to glorify 
Him — and Him alone — in their preaching of the Word. 
Fathers cannot truly be heads of Christian households 
except they "abide in Jesus'.' " 

The list could go on. But each of us can depend 
upon the Holy Spirit to show us where and how we need to 
apply His power. Only let us never, never lose sight 
of this simple, awesome truth spoken by Jesus: "Without 


me ye can do nothing." (jn. 15:5) Abide , abide , abide 
in Him. 

May we all one day experience the joy of having Jesus 
say of us what the patriarch Jacob said of his son: 
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by 
a well j whose branches run over the wall." (Gen. 49:22) 

— Mrs, Cleo-n Martin 
Mount Forest, Ontario 


Our Sunday School teachers keep track of attendance. 
Usually a little chart is made so tiie child 1 s name can 
be entered and then a place for a star to be placed to 
indicate attendance. We have many such charts in our 
files from past years. Attendance records are also 
kept of Vacation Bible Schools as well as on the child- 
ren that have been enrolled in the mission school. 

As we look over these records we often think of one 
or many who have joined the ranks of "missing children." 

During the past year we have received several pub- 
lications in the mail giving a picture and information 
"on "missing children" throughout the land. It is quite 
disturbing to see their innocent faces and to think that 
for various reasons they are missing from their families. 

Great distress and concern is experienced by the 
families of missing children; often to the point of loss 
of health. Should not our distress and concern be just 
as great for the "missing children" of the churches? 
Let's not be guilty of Pilate's mistake of washing our 
hands of our responsibility of finding and restoring 
the "missing children." 

Sunday night three "missing children" unexpectedly 

were back in their place; in fact on the front row! 

Thank God, we had another opportunity to show the 

Shepherd's love to these lost lambs. Did we do our 

best? ■ . , 

— David Skxles 

Torreon Navajo BfiUetin 

Cuba, New Mexico 


ST. LUKE, 19:40 

Lord help us our voices to raise 

Thy name to praise. 

Help us to tell the story-, 

How You left Your home in glory; 

What awful price You paid 

Sinful souls to save. 

Help us to tell it all about 

Before the stones cry out* 

Let the message unfold, 

The message angels told. 

Tell it again and again, 

In the sunshine j in the rain, 

In the valley, or on the plain; 

Spread the message all about 

Before the stones cry out. 

Over the fields we see the tares; 
Still there T s precious grain there, 
Help in the harvest today 
Before time slips away. 
Even in the sun's hot ray 
Labor faithfully day by day. 
Claim the grain with a shout 
Before the stones cry out. 

We see the storm clouds roll, 
See the stormjr winds blow. 
See the mountains roll and quake, 
Feel the earth tremble and shake, 
See the flood waters 1 mighty flow, 
Rolling, and tumbling as they go. 
We wonder as we look about, 
Could the stones be crying out? 

— June Fountain 
Auburn, California 

The man who bows humbly before God 
is sure to walk upright before men. 



This selection follows last month's historical from 
the Epistle of Barnabas. 


But the way of darkness is crooked, and full of curs- 
ing; ,. for it is the way of eternal death with punishment, 
in which way are the things that destroy the soul, viz., 
idolatry, over-confidence, the arrogance of power, hypo- 
crisy, double-heart edness, adultery, murder, rapine, 
haughtiness, transgression, deceit, malice, self- 
sufficiency, poisoning, magic, avarice , want of the fear 
of God. (In this way, too,) are those who persecute the 
good, those who attend not with just judgment to the 
widow and orphan, those who watch not to the fear of 
God, (but incline) to wickedness, from whom meekness and 
patience are far off; persons who love vanity, follow 
after a reward, pity not the needy, labour not in aid of 
him who is overcome with toil; who are prone to evil- 
speaking, who know not Him that made them, who are murd- 
erers of children, destroyers of the workmanship of God; 
who turn away him that is in want, who oppress the 
afflicted, who are advocates of the rich, who are unjust 
judges of the poor, and who are in every respect trans- 


It is well, therefore, that he who has learned the 
judgments of the Lord, as many as have been written, 
should walk in them, For he who keepeth these shall be 
glorified in the kingdom of God; but he who chooseth 
other things shall be destroyed with his works. On this 
account there will be a resurrection, on this account a 
retribution. I beseech you who are superiors, if you 
will receive any counsel of my good-will, have among 
yourselves those to whom you may show kindness: do not 
forsake them. For the day is at hand on which all things 
shall perish with the evil (one). The Lord. is near, and 
His reward. Again, and yet again, I beseech you: be 
good lawgivers to one another; continue faithful coun- 


sellors of one another; take away from among you all 
hypocrisy. And may God, who ruleth over all the world, 
give to you wisdom, intelligence, understanding, know- 
ledge of His judgments, with patience, And be ye 
taught of God, inquiring diligently what the Lord asks 
from you; and do it that ye may be safe in the day of 
judgment. And if you have any remembrance of what is 
good, be mindful of me, meditating on these things, in 
order that both my desire and watchfulness may result 
in some good. I beseech you, entreating this as a fav- 
our. While yet you are in this fair vessel, do not fail 
in any one of those things, but unceasingly seek after 
them, and fulfil every commandment; for these things 
are worthy. Wherefore I have been the more earnest to 
write to you, as my ability served, that I Might cheer 
you. Farewell, ye children of love and peace, The 
Lord of glory and of all grace be with your spirit. 


BOWSER - A son, Andrew Mark, born July 26 to Arnold 
and Rachel Bowser of Collins, Mississippi. 

BOOMS - A daughter, Kaitlin Victoria, born August 4, 
to Stephen and Neva Boone of New Lebanon, Ohio. 


GARBER — GARBBR Dan^Garber and Joann Garber were 
married July 1?, 1988, at Greenville, Ohio. 
New Address: Apt. Bk East Woodside Dr. 
Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
(513) 692-8390 

Lynn Cardin c/o Kenneth Martin 

68342 C.R. 11 
Nappanee, Ind 46550 
(219) 831-2470 



I had walked life ! s way with an easy tread, 
Had followed where comforts and pleasures led, 
Until one day in a quiet place 
I met the Master face to face. 

With station and rank and wealth for my goal, 
Much thought for my body but none for my soul, 
I had entered to win in life's mad race, 
When I met the Master face to face, 

I met Him and knew Him and blushed to see 
That His eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me, 
And I faltered and fell at His feet that day 
While my castles melted and vanished away. 

Melted and vanished, and in their place, 
Naught else did I see but the Master 1 s face; 
And I cried aloud, n 0h, make me meet 
To follow the steps of Thy \>rounded feet.' 1 

My thought is now for the souls of men; 
I have lost my life to find it again. 
E'er since one day in a quiet place 
I met the Master face to face. 

— Selected by Everett Oyler 


On Thursday, June 23, we rejoiced with the angels 
of heaven when Liana Huffman was taken into church 
fellowship by Christian baptism near Dayton, Ohio, 
May she be faithful unto eternal life. 

— Hollis Flora 

Encased in the word "obedience 11 is the key to being 
obedient. It is the word "die. 11 Sel. by Lloyd Wagner 



As I viewed the majestic Yosemite Falls from across 
^ the valley, there appeared to be no water crashing 

down into the canyon. This came as a shock in a way, 
and yet, because of our dry summer, I wasn't too 
surprised. Seldom does that beautiful waterfall 
completely dry up. Other times of the year, water 
comes thundering over the cliff making everything 
around green and wet. One would think the falls would 
never stop. 

Yet, it is dry. It does not go on forever • Even 
though the falls will resume when rain returns, we 
know that some day it will fail along with everything 
else on earth. 

I am reminded of Jesus 1 words in Matthew 24:35: 
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall 
not pass away." God is faithful and will never fail 
or let us down in any way. It is almost too much for 
our finite minds to understand, but we know this is 
true. Surely each of us has experienced God's unfail- 
ing love and grace. When things around seem, to go 
wrong and life's outlook is dark, God is there like 
He always was. I think He wants His children to reach 
out and find no end to the love, joy, and peace He 

Humans fail. We forget our obligations to people 
when "busy" life takes over. We let our friends down 
by an unthoughtful word or maybe a lack of comforting 
another in need or sorrow. Yet God is still there. 
He is the same God, and His principles will never 
change. He doesn't forget about us. He never sleeps 
or gets tired. 

May we trust in God and rest in Him, assured of 
His permanence. 

"But thou art the same, and thy years shall have 
no end." (Psalm 102:27) 

— Rosanna Cover 


It seems that where there are people, there have to 
be rules to go by. In your home you know what you can 
do and what you can't. At work we have several rules 
we must go by. 

In factory jobs, we workers have cards that show what 
time we started to work. At the door where we go In 
there is a time clock that has a slot in It. We stick 
our card in the slot and the time is stamped on the card. 
We are not supposed to clock in until a certain time. 
One morning we had one minute to wait until we could 
clock to. One man looked at the clock and said, "That's 
close enough," and clocked in anyway. It is true he 
only cheated by one minute, but he CHEATED, When we 
cheat in small things, more than likely we will cheat 
in bigger things also. 

God told Lot, his wife and two daughters to "Escape 
for thy life; look not behind thee..." I am sure you 
all know the story. Lot's wife couldn't resist ONE 
last look. She didn't look one minute , but when she 
turned around she turned into a pillar of salt.. 

When you are given a job to do, do you only do it 
half way and say, "That's close enough"? I trust not. 
This world is full of people that don't want to work. 
Remember the man that built his house on the sand? He 
wanted to go the easy route. Every time we go the easy 
way, we pay a great price. This man lost his house. 

Jesus says there are no "close enough's." We must 

do the best we can. 

— Everett Oyler 


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VOL. 35 SEPTEMBER, 1988 NO. 9 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 



Near to Thy heart, Christ Divine, 
Leaning like John on Thy breast — 
Till with Thy Glory I will shine, 
Near to Thy heart I'd rest. : 

Near to Thy heart may I be, 
Hearing Thy sweet words of love, 
Learning Thy precious will for me, 
Seeking those things above. 

Near to Thy heart where all is peace,; 
Lost in the light of Thy face, 
There will my faith and trust increase, 
There will I grow in grace. 

— John . W. Peterson 

Selected by Rosanna Cover 


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"Jesus loves the little children. All the children 
of the world." The children sing heartily, as this song 
is about them. We know it is true because Jesus was 
so displeased when His disciples tried to keep the 
children away from Him. He gave children as examples 
of citizens of the kingdom of God. "He took them up 
in His aims, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." 
(Mark 10; 16) 

Because God loves the children, He has special con- 
cern for them. He kno*w& they are helpless and are at 
the mercy of those who care for them. Therefore He 
gives much instruction about their care. He also gives 
warnings regarding their abuse. Let parents, guardians, 
teachers and all who care for children be warned that 
they are in important business. They are influencing 
the pliable, impressionable lives of some of God's spe- 
cial ones. 

No one needs to tell us that we must love children 
to give them the proper care and training. In Christ- 
ian homes this is usually no problem because God gives 
parents a natural, fervent love for their own children. 
When caring for children not our own, we also can have 
the necessary love for them by asking God to help us 
and yielding to Him. When God commands us to love, we 
know it is something we can do. It is not an automatic 
emotion that we may or may not have. We can will to 
love, and God will help us. 

Perhaps one danger is "loving too much." But this 
needs to be understood for what it is. If we are unwill- 
ing to discipline carefully and punish when necessary 
because we "love too much" it means we really do not 
love enough. The wise writer of Proverbs said (13:24), 
"He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that 
loveth him chasteneth him betimes." 

What is it about children that makes them so precious 
to God and so easy for parents to love? When the dis- 


clples asked Jesus, n Who is the greatest in the kingdom 
of heaven? 11 He called a little child and *set him in the 
midst of them. Then He told them they would not enter 
the kingdom of heaven except they be converted and be- 
come as little children. He told them further that 
whosoever shall humble himself as this little child is 
greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

This answer about greatness seems so simple and yet 
so difficult for adults to accomplish. In all our ex- 
periences as children we looked forward to the time 
when we could be independent arid be grown up. It seemed 
that adulthood would never come. As we progressed, our 
confidence and assurance grew and we were encouraged 
along the way to find a job, buy a car, take a place 
in the community, raise a family. All these are good, 
but somewhere along the line, if we are not careful, we 
lose that humility that Jesus pointed out was so desir- 
able in children. We pass from being pliable and reach- 
able to a place of stiffness and pride that is hostile 
to Christian humility. No' wonder Jesus wants us to be 
converted and become as little children I 

If Christian people all possessed this child-like 
quality, how much easier we could settle differences 
and quarrels. Children have their disputes and differ- 
ences. And as long as we have an adversary who sets 
himself up against God and His plans, adults will too. 
But how easily children settle their problems and go 
about their play without resentment I 

Well-trained children recognize authority. By their 
very size and inexperience, children easily recognize 
a responsible adult as one to obey, one ^ho has the 
final word, and can lay down a law, settle a quarrel, 
or teach a lesson. (This is one reason parents, teach- 
ers, and guardians are under such- responsibility, be- 
cause children can be taught error as well as truth.) 
The corresponding Christian quality is our willingness 
to hear God, to recognize His authority and the author- 
ity He has delegated to Christian leaders. ■ Too often 
we think it is clever to make fun of those who are 
earnestly trying to do their duty as Christian leaders 


or examples. 

Children are easy for us to love for several reasons. 
They are so beautiful to us- little copies of our own 
form but so innocent and pure. They present no threat 
to us; they are not competing with us for jobs, recog- 
nition, or favor. Rather they are dependent on our sup- 
port and seem to know it. They also trust us that in 
our wisdom we will do the best for them. Thy are for- 
giving even though selfish. They love purely and cry 
easily and unashamedly. Does not God love His children 
for these reasons, too? Ohl that we might be like 
children, humbly following our Heavenly Father, taught 
by His wisdom, fed from His supply, led by His Spirit, 
redeemed by His blood. 

"Suffer the children to come unto me; 
Of such is the kingdom of God, don r t you see? 
Whoever shall not take the kingdom this way 
Shall not enter glory," just hear Jesus say. 

"These children I trust to your tenderest care; 
Prepare them for dwelling with me over there. 
Receive them; don't tempt them nor offend one of these; 
Far better if you would be drowned in the seas." 

God wants us to be like these children of ours, 
As gentle, as innocent, pure as the flowers; 
When these virtues shine as the light in our hearts, 
God ! s grace, peace, and harmony, Jesus imparts. 

So copy those children; forgive and forget; 
Trust your Father in Heaven; He'll bring you through yet. 
Make peace with each other; give all your true love, 
And joy, peace, forgiveness will flow from above. 

— i.e. 

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much 
as prayer for him. _ Wi lliam Law 



"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord 
doth come." Matthew 24:42 

There are many verses in the Bible telling us to 
watch and be ready because we don't know when our time 
is to die. The important thing is to always be ready. 

In our community recently there have been a number 
of sudden, accidental deaths of younger people. Each 
time you hear of one it makes you stop and think. Sud- 
denly whatever you have been doing no longer looks so 
important. When you think of their families and the 
way their lives have so suddenly changed, you have to 
wonder , "What if it had been me or my family?" The 
work we may have been doing no longer seems quite so 
important. Our disagreements with our brethren no 
longer look quite so big. The important thing then isj 
"Are we ready?" 

If we always kept the attitude we have at the time 
of a sudden death close to us, it would probably be 
easier to keep our values straight. But we forget so 
quickly, and soon death seems less real in our minds, 
and the things around us start to look more important 

When it comes our time to die will we have been 
doing all we can for the Lord, and for our families? 
Have we been teaching our children the values they need^ 
by setting an example of love, truth, and right for 
them? Have we been doing our best to get along with 
our ^brethren? 

I doubt if the martyrs had much trouble getting 
along or agreeing on many of the differences we seem 
to like to quarrel over today. Death was very real 
and close to them, and I'm sure it helped them keep 
their attitudes right. 

But it doesn't seem like it should take something 
like persecution to bring us closer together. Why 
can't we just live a normal, -quiet life, remembering 
that we may die tomorrow? If we do keep the uncertain- 
ty of our life in mind it will be easier to stay free 


from hate, backbiting, variance, strife, and the other 
manifest works of the flesh, 

Colossians 4:2 says, "Continue in prayer, and watch 
in the same with thanksgiving. 11 And Mark 14:38: "Watch 
ye and pray, lest ye enter into -temptation. The spirit 
truly is ready, but the flesh is weak." 

I'm sure we all want to be ready when we die or when 
the Lord comes. I'm also sure it helps a lot to watch 
and pray like these Scriptures say, and to remember 
that we wonH be here long. 

Let's remember also that when we get to the judg- 
ment, each person will be responsible for the way he 
has lived. We will not be able to put the blame on 
others or make excuses. 

With God's help we can keep our motives and atti- 
tudes right, and the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, 
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
meekness, and temperance — will begin to show more in 
our lives. 

It takes a sincere effort. We may look good to those 
around us, but God, the Judge, looks into our hearts. 

May we all continue to watch and pray with our whole 
heart . 

"And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." 

(Mark 13:37) 

— Neil Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 


Gipsy Smith, the great evangelist, was holding a 
meeting in Glasgow. A certain man frequently remained 
after the service. One night the evangelist asked him, 
"Are you concerned about your soul?" The man answered, 
"I am." Then Gipsy Smith asked him if he knew what to 
do about it. To this the man replied that he did. 

Another man with his Bible was standing near, listen- 
ing. He asked permission to speak. He said, "I have 
heard part of Mae conversation and want you to read 
John 3:16. 


"Do you believe that?" 

"Yes j of course, a Scotchman believes that." 

"Now read Romans 10:9^ T If thou shalt confess with 
thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine 
heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt 
be saved.' Do you believe that?" 

"Of course, I believe it." 

"Next read I John 1:9> r If we confess our sins he 
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins... 1 Do you 
believe that?" 

"Yes, I believe that." 

"Then you are a Christian," said the man. 

The troubled man straightened up and looking his in- 
fo rmant in the face said, "You are wrong, my friend." 

"Well, you believe that Christ died for you?" 


"You believe that He rose from the dead for your 


"You believe He is able to save you?" 

"Yes, right on the spot." 

"Well, then, you are saved." 

"No, I'm not I You have had me read three passages; 
now you read Isaiah 55 * 7- n And he read, "Let the wicked 
forsake his vay, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, 
and let him return unto the Lord..." 

"Now stop," said the troubled man, "I am the wicked 
man; I am the unrighteous man, and I have to forsake 
sin and my wicked thoughts, I must come back from my 
own way to God's way. In my heart is a sin. My own 
common sense tells me I cannot be saved until I sur- 

Gipsy Smith said, "That is the best sermon on 
repentance I ever heard in my life." 

-Selected by Susie Sell 

It is hard to sell a product you do not use and a 

religion you do not live. Selected 



While walking- through the woods one day, 

A thorn implanted itself along the way. 

The pain I felt brought to my mind 

A crown of thorns worn by a man, so patient and kind. 

While laboring one day carrying a sack, 
I felt a great pain come into my back. 
I thought of a cross carried by a man beaten and sore. 
Wno did no greater wrong than loving the sick, and 
lonely and poor. 

The pain of a nail that peirced the skin, 
Brought to mind a man suffering for my sin. 
Great spikes driven through both hands and feet: 
This suffering man, so gentle and sweet. 

When a small wound caused a little blood to fall, 
I thou^fc about the Son of God who shed His blood for all. 
To think He died for sin and shame He never entered in, 
Compares my greatest problem to the puncture of a 
sword to that of a pin. 

I planted a garden and saw life spring forth from seed. 
I thought of how Jesus Christ arose to destroy death, 

fear, and greed. 
My hope for life eternal, my staff along the way; 
Yes, He is more than a memory, for He hears me when 

I pray. 

— James M. Hite 

Palmyra, Pennsylvania 

God does not prolong the lives of His people that 
they may pamper themselves with meat and drink, sleep 
as much as they please, and enjoy every temporal bless- 
ing, but to magnify Him. 

— John Calvin 




We are living in a world of competition; success 
or failure is reckoned by comparison to others. We 
start in school being encouraged to excel and get the 
best grades. This attitude is held by the carnal man 
through life j and also by many Christians , and leads 
to desiring to have authority over others. I Corinth- 
ians 12:31: "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and 
yet show I you a more excellent way." I Corinthians 
16: 14: "Let all your things be done with charity." 
So we see all contention and strife among Christian 
believers is forbidden with all rivalry. 

Hebrews 2:10: "For it became him, for whom are 
all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing 
many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their 
salvation perfect through sufferings." Again we read 
that they who have suffered in the flesh have ceased 
from sin. So if Jesus needed to suffer to become our 
Captain, should we object to the light suffering He 
asks of us? 


II Corinthians 5:19 "That God was in Christ, recon- 
ciling the world unto himself, not imputing their 
trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the 
word of reconciliation." Luke 9:56: "For the Son of 
man is not come to destroy men's. lives, but to save 
them," So we understand it is a case of our being 
willing to let ourselves be found-" and used by the Lord 
to help others. Zechariah 4:6: "Not by might, nor 
by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



This selection Is also from the Epistle of Barnabas 
dated A.D. 100. 


But let us see if this people is the heir, or the 
former, and if the covenant belongs to us or to them. 
Hear ye now what the Scripture saith concerning the 
people. Isaac prayed for Rebecca his wife, because she 
was barren; and she conceived. Furthermore also Rebecca 
went forth to inquire of the Lord; and the Lord said to 
T . *r, ,! Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples in 
'l ,j belly; and the one people shall surpass the other, 
and the elder shall serve the younger. tr You ought to 
understand who was Isaac, who Rebecca, and concerning 
what persons He declared that this people should be 
greater than that. And in another prophecy Jacob speaks 
more clearly to his son Joseph, saying, "Behold, the 
Lord hath not deprived me of thy presence; bring thy 
sons to me, that I may bless them. n And he brought 
Manasseh and Ephraim, desiring that Manasseh should be 
blessed, because he was the elder. With this view 
Joseph led him to the right hand of his father Jacob, 
But Jacob saw in spirit the type of the people to arise 
afterwards. And what says (the Scriptrre)? And Jacob 
changed the direction of his hands, and laid his right- 
hand upon the head of Ephraim, the second and younger, 
and blessed him. And Joseph said to Jacob, "Transfer 
thy right hand to the head of Manasseh, for he is my 
first-born son." And Jacob said, M I know it, my son, I 
know it; but the elder shall serve the younger: yet he 
also shall be blessed.' 1 Ye see on whom he laid ;his 
hands), that this people should be first, and heir of 
the covenant. If then, still further, the same thing 
was intimated through Abraham, we reach the perfection 
of our knowledge. What, then, says He to Abraham? "Be- 
cause thou has believed, it is imputed to thee :br 
righteousness: behold, I have made thee the father of 
those nations who believe in the Lard while in (a state 


of) uncircumcision." 


Yes (it is even so); but let us inquire if the Lord 
has really given that testament which He swore to the 
fathers that He would give to the people. He did give 
it; but they were not worthy to receive it, on account 
of their sins. For the prophet declares, "And Moses 
was fasting forty days and forty nights on Mount Sinai, 
that he might receive the testament of the Lord for 'the 
people." And he received from the Lord two tables, 
written in the spirit by the finger of the hand of the 
Lord. And Moses having recieved them, carried them 
down to give to the people. And the Lord said to Moses , 
"Moses, Moses ^ go down quickly; for thy people hath 
sinned, \-fnom thou didst bring out of the land of Egypt." 
And Moses understood that they had again made molten 
images; and he threw the tables out of his hands, and 
the tables of the testament of the Lord were broken. 
Moses then received it, but they proved themselves un^ 
worthy. Learn now how we have received it. Moses,, as 
a servant, received it; but the Lord himself, having 
suffered in our behalf, hath given it to us, that we 
should be the people of inheritance. But He was mani- 
fested, in order that they might be perfected in their 
iniquities, and that we, being constituted heirs through 
Him; might receive the testament of the Lord Jesus, 
who was prepared for this end, that by His personal 
manifestation, redeeming our hearts (which were already 
wasted by death, and given over to the iniquity of error) 
from darkness, He might by His word enter into a cove- 
nant with us. For it is written how the Father, about 
to redeem us from darkness, commanded Him to prepare a 
holy people for Himself. The prophet therefore declares, 
"I, the Lord Thy God, have called Thee in righteousness, 
and will hold Thy hand, and will strengthen Thee; and I 
have given Thee for a covenant to the people, for a 
light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, 
and to bring forth from fetters them that are bound, 
and those that sit in darkness out of the prison-house," 

12 THE ?n£RIM_ , — — 

Ye perceive, then, whence we have been redeemed. And 
again, the prophet says, "Behold, I have appointed Thee 
as a light to the nations, that Thou mightest be for 
salvation even to the ends of the earth, saith the Lord 
God that redeemeth thee. n And again, the prophet saith, 
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He hath 
anointed me to preach the Gospel to the humble; He 
hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim 
deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to 
the blinc}; to announce the acceptable year of the Lord, 
and the day of recompense; to comfort all that mourn." 

Tarther, also, it is written concerning the Sabbath 
in the Decalogue which (the Lord) spoke, face to face, 
to Moses on Mount Sinai, "And sanctify ye the Sabbath 
of the Lord with clean hands and a pure heart." And He 
says in another place, "If my sons keep the Sabbath, 
then will I cause my mercy to rest upon them." The 
Sabbath is mentioned at the beginning of the creation 
(thus): "And God made in six days the works of His 
hands, and made an end on the seventh day, and rested 
on it, and sanctified it." Attend, my children, to the 
meaning of this expression, "He finished in six days." 
This implieth that the Lord will finish all things in 
six thousand years, for a day is with Him a thousand 
years. And He Himself testifieth, saying, "Behold, to- 
day will be as a thousand years," Therefore, my child- 
ren, in six days that is, in six thousand years, all 
things will be finished. "And He rested on the seventh 
day." This meaneth: when His Son, coming (again), 
shall destroy the time of the wicked man, and judge the 
ungodly, and change the sun, and the moon, and the stars, 
then shall He truly rest on the seventh day. Moreover, 
He says, "Thou shalt sanctify it with pure hands and a 
pure heart," If therefore, any one can now sanctify the 
day which God hath sanctified, except he is pure in 
heart in all things, we are deceived. Behold, there- 
fore: certainly then one properly resting sanctifies 
it, when we ourselves, having received the promise, 


wickedness no longer existing, and all things having 
been made new by the Lord, shall be able to work right 
eousness. Then we shall be able to sanctify it, having 
been first sanctified ourselves. Further, He says to 
them, "Your new'moons and your Sabbaths I cannot endure." 
Ye perceive how He speaks: Your present Sabbaths are 
not acceptable to Me, but that is which I have made, 
(namely this,) when, giving rest to all things, I shall 
make a beginning of the eighth day, that is, a beginning 
of another world. Wherefore, also, we keep the eighth 
day with 'joyfulness, the day also on whioh Jesus rose 
again from the dead. And when He had manifested Him- 
self, He ascended into the heavens. 

From The Ante-Nicene Fathers 


Doris Firby 8732 State Rt. 121 N. 

Greenville, Ohio 45331 

Jonathan Garber 19261 Sunrise Drive 

Tuolumne, Calif 95379 
(209) 928-3386 

Raymond Wright sman's telephone (219) 982-6877 
Ernest Wagner 1 s birthday September 27, 1903 
Mervin Hilty's zip code 45346 


STANTON - A daughter, Sarah Victoria, born July 14 to 
Bob and Pauline (Garber) Stanton of Liberty, Indiana. 

,r Jesus was born to die" is an incomplete statement, 

>Tesus was born to die so that He could rise from the 

-•rave and conquer death, \, _ „ . ;'•' „ ,_ _ 
e : —Elder Daniel E. Wolf 

Selected by Lloyd Wagner 



A Lovefeast Meeting is appointed for. Sunday, Septem- 
ber 25 ,- with the Canadian members near Maple, Ontario. 
The invitation is given to attend and enjoy fellowship 

at this meeting. 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Calif- 
ornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, the Lord 
willing at the Salida meeting house on October 15 and 
16.' We sincerely invite and welcome all to come and 
be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

— Joseph L. Cover 

The Ohio congregation of the Old Brethren Church, 
near Bradford, Ohio, has appointed a Love feast and 
Communion to be held October 29 and 30. A special 
invitation is extended to all the dear members and 
friends to be with us at this time. 

— Hollis Flora 


We were all happy and rejoiced with the angels when 
Rhoda Cover chose to follow the Master and received 
Christian baptism on Sunday, September 4. May she be 
faithful and helpful in God's kingdom. 

— Joseph L. Cover 

Thou truest Friend man ever knew, 

Thy constancy I've tried , 
When all were false, I found thee true. 

My Counsellor and Guide . 
The mines of earth no treasures give 

That could this volume buy; 
In teaching me the way to live, ' A 

It taught me how to die. 

— George P. Morris 

Selected by Bertie Baker 



Christ needs ready, willing hearts, 
Hearts that truly love the Lord. 
Rally now for Him to live; 
Is not the prize enough reward? 
So if our hearts to Him we give, 
Then we T ll be safe within His care. 
In Him is where we find time joy, 
And peace, and love beyond compare. 
Now the key to this is Christianity; 
In the Ucvd we should diligently search; 
Then good examples we can be; 
Yout s are the future of the Church, 

— Sarah Cover 

Tuolumne ^ California 


Young people all, attention give, 

And hear what I shall say; 
I wish your souls with Christ to- live, 

In everlasting day. 
Remember, you are hast'ning on 

To death's dark gloomy shade. 
Your joys on earth will soon be gone, 

Your fle£h in dust be laid. 

Young people all, I pray then view, 

The fountain opened wide 
The spring of life opened for sin, 

Which flowed from Jesus' side. 
There you may drink in endless joy, 

And reign with Christ your King; 
In His glad notes your souls employ 

And hallelujahs sing. 

Author unknown — Selected from Zion's Praises 


School time is here again. I hope you are all ready 
and eager to learn. Jesus wants us all to be good 
learners. Make good use of the opportunity you now have. 
If we change three words around, Proverbs 1:3 would read 
like this: "My children (son) hear the instruction of 
thy teacher (father) and forsake not the law of thy 
parents I (mother) . 

Matthew 25 records the account of the ten virgins. 
If we could see their childhood, how they accepted life 
then, we would see the same pattern as we do here. Five 
were wise and five were foolish* The wise took extra 
oil with them for their lamps. They didn't know how 
long they would be waiting for the bridegroom. They 
were taught to always be prepared. They were good 

At midnight they arose to. meet the bridegroom. The 
foolish had no oil; their lamps had gone out. They asked 
the wise if they could borrow some of theirs. They said 
11 Not so, if we give you some oi ours, we may run out 
also. Go and buy from them that sell." "While they were 
gone the bridegroom Coune. The wise were ready and went 
with him to the marriage. When the foolish got back, 
the door was shut. They cried, "Lord, Lord open to us." 
They were told, "I know you not." 

Let's make good use of the opportunity to learn while 
we can. All the GOOD THINGS in life are a blessing to 
us. "For length of days, and long life, and peace, 
shall THjiY add to thee." (Proverbs 3:2) 

—Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRIM Sonora > Calif " 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 35 OCTOBER, 1988 NO. 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2-.11 


Living for Jesus a life that is true, 
Striving to please Him in all that I do; 
Yielding allegiance, gladhearted and free, 
This is the pathway of blessing for me . 

Living for Jesus who died in my place, 
Bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace; 
Such love constrains me to answer His call, 
Follow His leading and give Him my all. 

Living for Jesus wherever I am, 
Doing each duty in His holy name; 
Willing to suffer affliction and loss, 
Deeming each trial a part of my cross. 

Living for Jesus through earth 1 s little while, 
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile-; 
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem, 
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him. 

CHORUS: Jesus, Lord and Saviour, 
I give myself to Thee, 
For Thou, in Thy atonement, 
Didst give Thyself for me; 
I own no other Master, 
My heart shall be Thy throne, 
My life I give, henceforth to live, 
Christ, for Thee alone, 

— Thomas 0. Chisholm 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


We cry when we are hurt. We cry in disappointments 
or frustration. We cry when grief overcomes us, We 
sometimes even cry for joy. But for none of these rea- 
sons is Jeremiah called "the weeping prophet J 1 He cries 
out j "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a 
fountain of tears , that I might weep day and night for 
the slain of the daughter of my people I Oh that I had 
in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; 
that I might leave my people , and go from theml for 
they be all adulterers $ an assembly of treacherous 
men. 11 (Jeremiah 9:1,2) He weeps for the sins and 
stubbornness of his people. 

I suggest that it is again a time for God's people 
to weep; many are already weeping. It certainly is time 
to call fervent ly to God for mercy. Why? I will give 
here several reasons, and perhaps you as devout and 
praying disciples of Jesus can think of still more. 


God has placed us in a good land. Its freedoms, 
prosperity, and protection make it an enviable place 
to live. Still these very desirable conditions are 
also easy places for sin, carelessness, and complacence 
to flourish. The age-old curse of immorality is bring- 
ing the judgment of God in the form of incurable disease. 
Weep for these lost ones and pray that they might re- 
pent, turn from wickedness and find grace and mercy. 

Weep for the abuse of drugs and the loss of life on 
the highways due to drunkenness. In our community 
yesterday a young man on drugs went berzerk and smashed 
windows, damaged cars, upset a community and caused 
thousands of dollars in damage before he was restrained. 

Mourn for the thousands slain, 

The youthful and the strong; 

Mourn for the wine cup ! s awful reign 

And the deluded throng. 


Excesses seem to flourish in prosperity. We would 
not eat so much or drink so much or go to excess in a 
multitude of ways if we had no prosperity to finance it. 

Individualism and independence war against the unity 
and harmony of the Church in our day and in our country 
where n doing your own thing 11 is taught and encouraged. 

Increasing unbelief, flourishing of oriental reli- 
gions > and interest in .astrology and occultism make our 
time a time to weep for the sins of our nation. 


What we do with spare time is a fairly good gauge 
of our spirituality. Another measure is in what we 
read and what we really enjoy. Do we think that spare 
time is our own? That we need a "coffee break" #r a 
vacation from cur responsibilities? Pray for a real 
revival of holiness in our personal lives. Weep for 
being lukewarm when we should be zealous. If we believe 
the Bible when it describes the destiny of the sinners, 
we should be moved to all-out effort to save those who 
are lost. Weep for carelessness and time-wasting world- 
liness. Pray for humble sincerity and heart conviction 
that we be not and appear not as hypocrites. 


I suppose there has never been such disregard for 
the marriage vows as we see today. Thousands of ceuples 
seem to think that marriage vows are unnecessary^ And 
thousands more break them in divorce. God speaks to 
us the same today as He always had, but so many are not 
listening. \Jeep for our youth who are so sorely temp- 
ted to wrong choices that can never be made right. God 
is ready to forgive, but many times. there is a bitter 
harvest that must be reaped, for "Watsoever a man sow- 
eth, that shall he also reap." 


Last , but by no means least, -weep for Satan's in- 
roads Into the very Church of God. Jesus declared that 
He would build His Church "and the gates of hell shall 
not prevail against It." We have the weapons, both 


defensive and offensive , and the power of the Holy- 
Spirit of God, But, be warned, Satan will not give up 
without a battle. When he somehow persuades us that 
we cannot forgive, when we lose our love, when offences 
rise and we shun the means God has given for reconci- 
liation, be sure our troubles will increase. It is 
characteristic of these last times. It represents 
Satan* s desperate and final efforts. He could never 
destroy the Church by persecution any more than a king ! s 
decree could make Daniel stop praying. Persecution 
and the blood of the martyrs became the seed of the 
Church. But when Satan sets out to divide us from with- 
in, he seems to have more success. Weep for the churches 
of today that are torn by strife and division. Call 
fervently and long to God- for His mercy. Let us hum- 
bly confess our inability to help ourselves and call 
on God to send His aid. 

Let us take the advice of Charles Spurgeon when he 
said, "Never get an inch beyond the cross." In other 
words, we must go to the cross and remain there — remain 
where there is humility, sacrifice, and suffering. 
Only at the cross can we see ourselves and our fellow 
Christians in proper perspective. At the cross we see 
our Savior making peace between God and man— at great 
cost. There we see ourselves as bankrupt debtors, and 
we "see God's grace poured out on all who will. Let us 
weep and be reconciled. 

Perhaps some will say that we are not emphasising 
the joy and victory in Jesus. We know that God is 
faithful and that He will bring Hid people through to 
victory. He will also give them "joy unspeakable and 
full of glory*" But there is "a time to weep, and a 
time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." 
Let us not laugh and dance when we should mourn and 
weep. The victory is certain but only on God's terms. 
He will not be satisfied with our pride and self-vindi- 
cation; He wants no less than humbleness and forgiveness 
in our hearts and purity in our lives. There will be 
a time when God will wipe away tears from off all faces 
and joy will be complete. — L.C. 



Today we stood beside a stream, a small gathering of 
people rejoicing. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 
The air was pleasant. The sun was shining causing a 
REFLECTION in the water of the trees and grasses on 
the bank. 

A portion of Matthew 18 was read and commented on 
before the applicants were asked If they were willing 
to abide by these commandments. Two young precious 
souls were then taken one at a time into the water and 
received the rite of baptism. 

It seemed there was REFLECTED on their faces a peace, 
a REFLECTION of the Love of God in their hearts, and a 
desire to follow His will. 

This love was a fresh new wonder, love, and trust. 
This willingness to step out and publicly say they 
wished a closer walk with God. 

Then to my mind came the REFLECTION of a day fifty 
years ago when I took that same step. My love and de- 
sire were to serve God with all my heart and to follow 
His will for my life. Though the many times I through 
weakness had failed God, He never once had failed me. 

Then may these precious souls today go on with their 
walk with God, and may we truly sing the song: 

rf 0h, it gets sweeter as the days go by, 
It gets sweeter as the moments fly, 
Jesus love is richer, deeper, fuller, sweeter, 
Sxtfeeter, sweeter, sweeter as the days go by." 

Then I wonder, what might these new children of God 
have to face in the future? And yet I know, that what- 
ever comes, God is our Refuge and Strength. And His 
love and care just get richer, deeper, and fuller as 
the days go by. -Humbly submitted, 

Elma Moss, Greenville, Ohio 

Godly people are thoughtful people. Indeed, it is 

often a sign of the beginning of grace In a man when he 

begins to consider. . 

° —Charles Spurgeon 



Matthew 5:13: "Ye are the salt of the earth: but 
if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it 
be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to 
be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." 

First of all, we want to make it clear that we are 
not finding fault with those individuals who have to 
use a salt substitute for health reasons or those who 
prefer to use one for whatever reason. Secondly, we 
do not claim to be infallible in our thinking. 

We are convinced that the way* the Church is to be the 
salt of the earth is to practice the truths taught 
within Holy Scripture. However, we have observed that 
all too often the world is more "salt" to the earthly 
church than vice versa I We would like to give a few 
example s . 

One of the first things to come to mind is the 
Christian salutation, or better known as the holy kiss. 
I Thessalonians 5:26 reads, "Greet all the brethren 
with an holy kiss." We admit that in a few church 
circles this has been misused by allowing men and women 
to greet with a kiss. However we believe there is ample 
historical proof that brothers greeted brothers and sis- 
ters greeted sisters in the early Church. Bat in most 
church circles this has been replaced by a "holy hand- 
shake." In a few circles a "holy hug" is used (without 
the kiss). A handshake, and more recently a hug, is 
completely acceptable with society, but not individuals 
greeting one another with a kiss (unless they happen 
to be related) . 

Many have replaced biblical nonresistance with a 
more acceptable political pacifism. Distinctive dress 
has been replaced, in many cases, by clothing more ac- 
ceptable to the world. (With this, modesty has been 
compromised to a large degree.") Strong church leader- 
ship has been replaced many times with a more popular 
"the majority rules." More and more are wrongly (in 
our opinion) addressing America as a "Christian nation," 
(I peter 2:9). We could go on but there is another 


aspect we wish to address. 

For some individuals a salt substitute is to use 
more pepper. We believe there is a spiritual appli- 
cation to this. Is our confronting one another done 
in love as we are commanded in Holy Scripture? Do we 
constantly pick on areas that have little spiritual 
worth? Do we go around "looking for a .fight" within 
our fellowship? Must we always be right and never, ac- 
knowledge a mistake? When a tragedy hits an indivdual, 
do we seek to lift him in love, or do we take advantage 
of the situation to show them their mistakes (like Job ! s 

Brothers and sisters > we need a balance in our 
Christian walk. Let us desire to truly be "salt" for 
our Savior and walk In His truth , loving one another. 

—James M. Hite 

Palmyra , Pennsylvania 



Matthew 26:38: "Then saith he unto them. My soul is 
exceeding sorrowful, even' unto death: tarry ye here, 
and watch with me." If Jesus felt- the need of support 
from His disciples, how much more might we feel need of 
help. I Peter 4:12: "Beloved, think it not strange 
concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as 
though some strange thing happened unto you." Hebrews 
2r9: "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower 
than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with 
glory end honour; that he by the grace of God should 
taste death for every man." If it was necessary for 
Jesus to taste death to become our High Priest, should 
we object if we need to suffer the same to be accepted 
with Him? 


II Corinthians 4:1: "While we look not at the 
things which are seen, but at the things which are not 
seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but 


the things which are not seen are eternal." How con- 
trary this is to our human natures! How quick we are 
to follow our eyesight, and not our hearing , when we 
are told, "Faith cometh by hearnig, and hearing by the 
word of God. 1 ' It is much easier to close our ears from 
hearing than to close our eyes. The Jews wanted to see 
a king leading them, rather that to trust God to lead 
them. We may say we want something solid to follow, 
rather than trust our hearing, forgetting that we are 
to walk by faith, and not by sight. 

— Ernest Wagner 


He carried the cross to Calvary, 

Carried it r s burden for you and me, 

There on the cross He was crucified, 

And, because He suffered and bled and died, 

We know that whatever our cross may be 

It leads to God and Eternity... 

For who can hope for a "Crown of Stars" 

Unless it is earned with suffering and pain 

For how could we face the living God 

And rightly claim His promised reward 

If we haven't carried our cross of care 

And tasted the cup of bitter despair... 

Let those who yearn for the pleasure of life 

And long to escape all suffering and strife, 

Rush recklessly on to an "empty goal" 

With never a thought of the spirit and soul, 

Bat if you are searching to find the way 

With Faith in your heart take the path He trod, 

For the way of the cross is the Way to God. 

— Selected by Susan R, Coning 

If God could make a donkey speak, don't we believe 
that He can put the right words at the right time in 
the right place in our mouths? 

— Selecged by Lloyd Wagner 




One day at a time, with its failures and fears, 
With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and 

i With its portion of pain and its burden of care; 
One day at a time x^e must meet and must bear. 

One day at a time to be patient and strong; 
To be calm under trial and sweet under x\rrong; 
Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease; 
It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring 
peace . 

One day at a time — but the day is so long, 

And the heart is not brave, and the soul is not strong, 

Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way; 
Give courage and patience and strength for the day. 

Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet; 
,r Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet; 

1 will not forget thee, nor fail thee, nor grieve; 
I will not forsake thee; I never will leave.' 1 

Wot yesterday 1 s load we are called on to bear, 
Nor the morrow's uncertain and shadowy care; 
]?lhy should vie look forward or back with dismay? 
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day. 

One day at a time, and the day is His day; 

He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or 

His grace is sufficient; we walk not alone; 
As the day, so the strength that He giveth His 

own ' —Annie Johnson Flint 


I Speak gently, kindly, to the poor; 

Let no harsh word be heard; 
They have enough they must endure, 

Without an unkind word, _ Da vid Bates 
Selected by Bertie Baker 



Continuing our featuring of a few of the writings of 
the early Christians, we present here a small part of 
"The First Apology of Justin," and an introduction to 
his works. He was famous as a defender of the Christian 
faith, comparing it with the inferior philosophies of 
the world of which he was well informed, having been a 
philosopher himself — -a disciple of Socrates and Plato. 

— L.C. 

Justin Martyr was born in Flavia Neapolis, a city 
of Samaria, the modern .Nablous. The date of his birth 
is uncertain, but may be fixed about A.D. 114. His 
father and grandfather were probably of Roman origin. 
Before his conversion to Christianity he studied in the 
schools of the philosophers searching after some know- 
ledge which should satisfy the cravings of his soul. 
At last he became acquainted with Christianity, being 
at once impressed with the extraordinary stability, and 
truth of the teachings of the Old Testament, From this 
time he acted as an evangelist, taking every opportu- 
nity to proclaim the gospel as the only safe and cer- 
tain philosophy, the only way to salvation. It is pro- 
bable that he travelled much. We know that he was 
some time in Ephesus, and he must have lived for a con- 
siderable period in Rome. Probably he settled in Rome 
as a Christian teacher. While he was there, the philo- 
sophers, especially the Cynics, plotted against him, 
and he sealed his testojnony to the truth by martyrdom. 

The principal facts of Justin 1 s life are gathered 
from his own writings. There is little clue to dates. 
It is agreed on all hands that he lived in the reign 
of Antoninus Pius, and the testimony of Eusebius and 
most credible historians renders it nearly certain that 
he suffered martyrdom in the reign of Marcus Aurelius. 
The Chronicon Paschale gives as the date 165 A.D. 

The writings of Justin Martyr are among the most im- 
portant that have come down 'to us from the second cent- 
ury, He was not the first that wrote an Apology in 


behalf of the Christians, but his Apologies are the 
earliest extant. They are characterized by intense 
Christian fervour, and they give us an insight into the 
relations existing between heathens and Christians in 
those days.' His other principal writing, the Dialogue 
with Trypho, is the first elaborate exposition of the 
reasons for regarding Christ as the Messiah of the Old 
Testament, and the first systematic attempt to exhibit 
the false position of the Jews in regard to Christianity. 


To the Baperor Titus Aelius Adrianus Antoninus Pius 
Augustus Caesar, and to his son Verissimus the Philo- 
sopher, and to Lucius the Philosopher, the natural son 
of Caesar, and the adopted son of Pius, a lover of 
learning, and to the sacred Senate, with the whole 
People of the Romans, I, Justin, the son of Priscus and 
grandson of Bacchius, natives of Flavia Neapolis in 
Palestine, present this address and petition in behalf 
of those of all nations who are unjustly hated and wan- 
tonly abused, myself being one of them* 


But when the Spirit of prophecy speaks of things 
that are about to come to pass as if thy had already 
taken place, — as may be observed even in the passages 
already cited by me, — that this circumstance may afford 
no excuse to readers (for misinterpreting them), we will 
make even this also quite plain. The things which He 
absolutely knows will take place, He predicts as if al- 
ready they had taken place. And that the utterances 
must be thus received, you will perceive, if you give 
your attention to them. The words cited above, David 
uttered 1500 years before Christ became a man and was 
crucified; and no one of those who lived before Him, 
nor yet of His contemporaries, afforded joy to the 
Gentiles by being crucified. But our Jesus Christ, be- 
ing ascended to heaven, reigned; and by those things 
which were published in His* name among- all nations by 
the apostle&, there is joy afforded to those who expect 
the immortality promised by Hinu 



Bat lest some suppose, from what has been said by 
us, that we say that whatever happens, happens by a 
fatal necessity, because it is foretold as known before- 
hand, this too we explain. We have learned from the 
prophets, and we hold it to be true, that punishments, 
and chastisements, and good rewards, are rendered accord- 
ing to the merit of each man 1 s actions. Since if it be 
not so, but all things happen by fate, neither is any- 
thing at all in our own power. For if it be fated that 
this man, e.g., be good, and this other evil, neither 
is the former meritorious nor the latter to be blamed. 
And again, unless the human race have the power of 
avoiding evil and choosing good by free choice, they 
are not accountable for their actions, of whatever kind 
they be. But that it is by free choice they both walk 
uprightly and stumble, we thus demonstrate. -We see the 
same man making a transition to opposite things. Now, 
if it had been fated that he were to be either good or 
bad, he could never have been capable of both the oppo- 
site s, nor of so many transitions. But not even would 
some be good and others bad, since we thus make fate the 
cause of evil, and exhibit her as acting in opposition 
to herself; or that which has been already stated would 
seem to be time, that neither virtue nor vice is any- 
thing, but that things are only reckoned good or evil 
by opinion; which as the true word shows, is the great- 
est impiety and wickedness* But this we assert is in- 
evitable fate, that ttey who choose the good have worthy 
rewards, and they who choose the opposite have their 
merited awards. For not like other things, as trees 
and quadrupeds, which cannot act by choice, did God make 
man; for neither would he be worthy of reward or praise 
did he not of himself choose the good, but ivere created 
for this end; nor, if he were evil, would he be worthy 
of punishment, not being evil of himself, but being 
able to be nothing else than what he was made. 


And the holy Spirit of prophecy taught us this, tell- 


ing us by Moses that God spoke thus to the man first 
created? "Behold, before the face are good and evil: 
choose the good." And again, by the other prophet 
Isaiah, that the following utterance was made as if 
from God the Father and Lord of all: "Wash you, make 
you clean; put away evils from your souls; learn to do 
well; judge the orphan, and plead for the widow: and 
come and let us reason together, saith the Lord: And 
if your sins be as scarlet, I will make them white as 
wool; and if they be red like as crimson, I will make 
them white as snow. And if willing and obey Me, 
ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye do not obey 
Me, the sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the 
Lord hath spoken it." And that expression, "The sword 
shall devour you," does not mean that the disobedient 
shall be slain tr- the sx-zord, but the sxrord of God is 
fire, of which they who choose to do wickedly become the 
fuel. Wherefore He says, "The sword shall devour you: 
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." And if He 
had spoken concerning a sword that cuts and at once de- 
spatched, He would not have said, shall devour . And so, 
too, Plato, when he says, "The blame is his who chooses, 
and God is blameless," took this from the prophet Moses 
and uttered it. For Moses is more ancient than all the 
Greek writers. And whatever both philosophers and poets 
have said concerning the immortality of the soul, or pun- 
ishments after death, or contemplation of things heavenly, 
or doctrines of the like kind, they have received such 
suggestions from the prophets as have enabled them to 
understand and interpret these things. And hence there 
seem to be seeds of truth among all men; but they are 
charged with not accurately understanding (the truth) 
when they assert contradictories. So that what we say 
about fut u re events being foretold, we do not say it as 
if they came about by a fatal necessity; but God fore- 
knowing all that shall be done by all men, and it being 
His decree that the future actions of men shall all be 
recompensed according to their several value, He fore- 
tells by the Spirit of prophecy that He will bestow meet 
rexvards according to the merit of the actions done, 


always urging the human race to effort and recollection, 
showing that He cares and provides for men. But by the 
agency of the devils death has been decreed against 
those who read the books of Hystaspes, or of the Sibyl, 
or of the prophets, that through fear they may prevent 
men who read them from receiving the knowledge of the 
good, and may retain them in slavery to themselves; 
which, however, they could not always effect. For not 
only do we fearlessly read them, but, as you see, bring 
them for your inspection, Knowing that their contents 
will be pleasing to all. And if we persuade even a few, 
our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandmen, 
we shall receive the reward from the Master. 

From The Ante-Nicene Fathers 


The Ohio Church rejoiced with the angels of heaven 
for the baptism of Wanda Hilty and David Wagner on 
September 11, and again on September 18, when Jeffrey 
Hilty was baptized. May these young souls always walk 
in the Lord's grace and strength to eternal victory 

and glory. 

-Hollis Flora 


MARTIN- A daughter, Stella' Beth, born September 20, to 
Neil and Lois Martin of Nappanee, Indiana.. 

ROYitiR - A son, Malcolm Wayne, born September 28 to 
Philip and Annette Royer of Elkhart, Indiana. 

Hypocrites in the church? Yes, and in the lodge, 
and at home. Don't hunt through the church for a hypo- 
crite. Go home and look in the glass. Hypocrites? 
Yes. See that you make the number one less. 

— Billy Sunday 
Selected by Mary Ellen Lavy 



This afternoon on our lunch break we were discussing 
the way police can at anytime find information on a car 
and owner by his license and the one on the car. They 
can tell what kind of person you are, how tall you are, 
how much you weigh, your age and driving history. All 
of this was fed into a computer, and every so often it 
is updated on your latest history. The government keeps 
a close eye on you, and at times knows things about you 
that you have forgotten long ago. The law is just and 
our mistakes are remembered forever. 

All this they know about us was history when they 
found out, but with our Great Lord that isn't so. Many 
times in the Gospels, Jesus surprised the people by 
telling them what they were thinking at that very mo- 
ment. The woman at the well is one good example. He 
told her her life story. The Pharisees were silenced 
by His superhuman power to foretell what they were 
thinking . 

That is sobering to think that God is looking down 
on us and recording every little thing we are doing or 
thinking, I am glad He is merciful, for so many times 
I find my -thoughts on something He would be displeased 
with. It makes me think of the phrase of a song: "For 
He ! s writing now the story Of our thoughts and actions 
too." Can we report on the things we think, say, or do 
in front of a perfect God at judgment day without being 
ashamed? Thank God that our record can be made com- 
pletely clean through the blood of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ I _ peter Cover 

Tuolumne , California 

Lord, thou has searched me, and known me. Thou 
knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou under- 
standest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path 
and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, Lord, 
thou knowest it altogether. p S alm 139:1-4 


The Bible says, "Where there is no vision, the people 
perish." This is speaking of God's people. God's chil- 
dren certainly want to live like He wants us to. Even 
in this natural life we need a vision or a sense of di- 
rection where we are going. 

One evening coming home from work the car in front 
of me was weaving all over the road. We came to a dip 
in the road and he disappeared from sight. Pretty soon 
I saw a cloud of dust. He had hit a cement culvert. 
When I tried to ask if he was hurt, I could see he was 
Intoxicated with this world's drink. He had no good 
sense of direction. 

Remember Cain and Abel? Abel had visions of what 
God expected of him because God was pleased with his 
life. I believe, as a little boy, he was easy to get 
along with and would mind his parents. Cain had no vi- 
sion of God at all, no Godly sense of direction. As a 
little boy he must have been a stubborn child, not want- 
ing anyone telling him what to do. After God had accep- 
ted Abel's offering and rejected Cain's, Cain killed 

Cain and the man that was weaving all over the road 
had lost all vision of God. They both hit a "cement 
culvert." This is what Satan wants: anything to ■ stop 
God's progress. 

Whenever God's children lose their spiritual goal 
or vision, they have also stopped reading and studying 
His word. They both go hand in hand. 

Children, let's all have a good goal in life. Some- 
one has pointed out that the first two letters in goal 
are GO. Let ' s GO f orward with a GOAL to study and do 

God's will. „ ......,, 

— Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL, 35 NOVEMBER, 1988 NO. 11 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 


Lord of heaven and earth and sea, 
To Thee all praise and glory be; 
How shall we show our love to Thee, 
Who givest all, Who givest all? 

The golden sunshine, vernal air, 
Sweet flowers and fruit Thy love declare; 
When harvests ripen, Thou art there, 
Who givest aU, Who givest all. 

For peaceful homes and healthful days, 
For all the blessings earth displays, 
We owe Him thankfulness and praise, 
Who givest all, Who givest all. 

For souls redeemed, for sins forgiven, 
For means of grace, and hopes of heaven, 
What can to Thee, Lord, be given,- 
Who givest all, Who givest all? 

We lose what on ourselves we spend; 
We have as treasures without end 
Whatever, Lord, to Thee we lend, 
Who givest all, Who givest all. 

To Thee, from whom we all derive 

Our life, our gifts, our power to give- 

Oh, may we ever with Thee live, 

Who givest all, Who givest all \ 

— Christopher Wordsworth 


THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Imagine, if you can, a culture without thanksgiving. 
I don't mean one without a special day set aside as 
Thanksgiving Day, but a culture without gratitude. You 
will see a culture without God, without joy, and without 
peace. Thanksgiving is more important than vie think. 

As positive as Paul usually was, he still knew it was 
necessary to speak negatively sometimes. In II Timothy 
3 he lists some of the characteristics of ungodly men 
in the perilous "last day ." "Unthankful" is one of 
those characteristics. J— sure that this term refers 
to a condition of the heart, and not just an occasional 
omission of the words "Thank you*" 

Just consider what a condition this is. Even many 
non-Christians recognize the need for the social ex- 
change of thankfulness for favors. Thinking parents 
teach their children early to say "Thank you" for even 
small things. When we are unthankful and even neglect 
to express appreciation in a word or two, we are classed 
with the neglectful and untutored. A culture or a per- 
son without thankfulness would be undesirable in every 

In Luke 17:12-1% the account is given of ten men, 
lepers, who came to Jesus. asking for healing. They all 
cried out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." Jesus 
simply told them, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests." 
As they obeyed Jesus and went, the record says, they 
were cleansed. One of the ten who was a Samaritan 
"turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And 
fell down on his face -at his (Jesus') feet, giving him 
thanks..." Jesus' reply shows His disappointment in 
unthankful humanity: "Were there not ten cleansed? but 
where are the nine? There are not found that returned 
to give glory to God, save this stranger." It Is like- 
ly that the nine were of Israel, but none of them 
thanked /Jesus for this gracious gifts of the healing of 


their leprous bodies * I hope this is not the way we 
are who have received cleansing from sin. 

The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620 were not 
exactly non-resistant , but they were thankful for God's 
deliverance , and providence , Old drawings show the men 
carrying guns for protection against Indians even on 
their way to church. Yet it was the Indians who helped 
them adapt to the new land. And Indians under Chief 
Massasoit were invited by William Bradford, the Pilgrim 
leader, to celebrate three days of thanksgiving for the 
good harvest at the end of their first summer in the 
New World, 

What have we to be especially thankful for in this 
fall of 1988? (At least we don't need to carry guns 
to church for protection.) Our abundance of food and 
clothing warm homes, kind friends, and comfortable 
transportation are only a beginning of a list that 
could go on and on. Toward the end of Paul's instruc- 
tions to those who are risen with Christ he writes, 
"...and be ye thankful." How simple a command and yet 
so pro found \ If we are not thankful, what else are we . 
not? We are not Christian — not God's people. 

Giving thanks from our hearts means that we are 
aware of our place before God. He is the Giver; we 
are the receivers. The human tendency is to look at 
our works, like Nebuchadnezzar, and puff up a little 
and think, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have 
built for the house of the kingdom by the might of 
my power, and for the honour of my. majesty?" Paul 
reminds us in I Corinthians 4:7, "For who maketh thee 
to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou 
didst not receive? now If thou didst receive it, why 
dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" 

Thanksgiving, then, is only the reasonable response 
by those who have been favored to the One who favored 
them. And unthankfulness is like stealing food from 
a wedding feast — like taking something that is al- 
ready free but pretending we did not receive it. 

May we truly give thanks as we contemplate God's 
greatest gift to the world — our Redeemer and Lord Jesus. 


Unthankful? When God has done so much for me? 
Ungrateful to the One who died on Calvary 1 s tree? 
How can it be fo.r one who owes such love 
To Him who saw my need and came down from above? 

Unthankful? As I eat my share of daily food, . 

And live in such a nation blessed with good; 

Enjoy the good and perfect gifts He's given, 

And call my own the house, the land, the home in Heaven. 

Thanksgiving Day is set but once a year, 
But every day should see our thanks appear, 
Not only on our lips where words are free, 
But also in our hearts where God can always see, 

I see the handiwork of God on every side; 
I sense His love that calls me from my pride; 
I feel His care each day I live and breathe, 
And know I owe Him thanks for all I do receive. 

By our thanks to God may all men know 
That we acknowledge Him to whom we owe 
Our very life and all our friends so dear 
And every sense and wish and word of cheer. 

Lord, melt my heart today in thankful praise; 

May I serve in gratitude throughout my days; 

And let me in humility be as a child, 

Thankful for Thy mercy and Thy Son so meek and mild. 

— L • u • 

Within this ample volume lies 
The mystery of mysteries; 
Happiest they of human race 
To whom their God hath given grace 
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray, 
To lift the latch, to find the way; 
And better had they ne ! er been born 
That read to doubt or read to scorn. 
—Walter Scott Selected by Bertie Baker 



Of all themes addressed by Christian writers, love 
probably ranks among the most popular ; so why another 
essay on love? The story is told of a minister, new to 
a. congregation, who used the same topic for his sermon 
on three consecutive Sundays. The second Sunday a few 
eyebrows were raised, and some comments were heard, but 
on the third Sunday it was considered necessary to pro- 
test. The ministers explanation was that when his ef- 
forts produced results he would be happy to speak on a 
different subject. If we could see love blooming in the 
lives of all who claim to be the Lord's people, it might 
not be necessary to write much about it. 

Yet this grandest of all themes can never be fully 
magnified nor exalted by the pen or tongue of man be- 
cause It is as infinite as God. The apostle John twice 
states that ff God is love." (I John 4:8 & 16) There is 
abundant evidence ("By their fruits ye shall know them, 11 
Matt. 7:20) that love is not in control of all profess- 
ing Christians. Hence a need for further exposure is 

Efforts have been made to assign separate meanings' 
to the words "love" and "charity" as used in the King 
James translation of the New Testament. The revisions 
replace charity with love. Recognized reference works 
such as Cruden, Matthew Henry, and others claim the 
word "love" better expresses the true idea, Luther* s 
translation, the Bible of our Brethren ancestors, uses 
only one word "liebe" or love. Therefore we shall use 
love is this writing. 

A writer has said, "The two great evils of the Middle 
Ages were the invention of gunpowder and romantic love." 
This may be a facetious observation, and romantic love 
is not the love of the *New Testament, but we- do believe 
that romantic novelists, assisted by Hollywood and TV 
have reduced to a vulgar level the meaning of a word 
which is worthy of the highest respect and reverence. 
The basic unit of an orderly society is the. home, and 
the foundation of a successful home is God r s love. Dis- 
regard for this love has undermined the home almost to 


the point of destroying it in the secular world, and 
Christian society is not insulated from this corrupting 
influence. Viewed from this perspective, the invention 
of romantic love might indeed be said to be a great evil. 

Like many words, love may have differnet meanings 
depending on how it is used, but the concept we wish to 
consider here is God r s gracious concern for man and rnan ! s 
response as expressed in his attitude toward his fellow 
man. Since God is beyond the realm of our physical 
senses, He has ordained that we prove our love for Him 
by loving our neighbor who was created in God T s image. 
The most gifted orator might declare his love for God 
a thousand times; but if this were not accompanied by a 
harmonious, loving relationship with his brethren, his 
words would be worse than worthless j they would be lies. 
(I John 4:20) If vie despise our neighbor, we actually 
despise God. (I Thess. 4:8) 

A respected friend related an account of a destruc- 
tive struggle which occurred in a neighboring congre- 
gation many years ago. There were two prominent fami- 
lies in this group whom we shall call Smith and Wood. 
My friend stated his conclusion with theise words, "The 
problem was, the Smiths and Woods did not like (or love) 
each other, " We believe this is the root of the dis- 
unity afflicting poor, bleeding Zion. 

But someone will say, "There must have been a reason 
why they did not like each other," Reflection on this 
reaction suggests the question: How many reasons can 
you think of that might excuse brethren from loving 
each other? "He that loveth not his brother abideth 
in death." (I John 3:14) 

The Amplified Bible has this to say about love in 
I Cor, 13:1 "Love endures long and is patient and kind; 
love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy; is 
not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself 
haughtily. It is not conceited — arrogant and inflated 
with pride; it is not rude (unmannerly), and does not 
act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not in- 
sist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not 
self-seeking j it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; 


it takes no account of the evil done to it — pays not 
attention to a suffered wrong. It does not rejoice at 
Injustice and unrighteousness , but rejoices when right 
and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and 
everything that comes, is ever ready to believe. the best 
of every person, Its hopes are fadeless under all circum- 
stances and it endures everything (without weakening) . 
Love never fails — never fades out or becomes obsolete 
or comes to an end." 

Love is the greatest of the Christian gifts and vir- 
tues. (I Cor. 12:31 and 13:13) Upon it hang all the law 
and the prophets. (Matt ,22:40) It is the fulfilling of 
the law. (Rom. 13:10) It is the distinctive character- 
istic by which Christians may be recognized. (John 13:35) 
It is the foundation, and it passes knowledge. (Eph. 
3:17 & 19) It is the assurance of our spiritual resur- 
rection. (I John 3:14) 

John says God in His very nature and essence is love. 
(I John 4:6 & 16) Scholars claim Christianity is the 
only religion which pre sen s the Supreme Being thus. 
What a profound privilege to be included in this Christ- 
ian family I 

Over the years we have been disturbed by reactionary 
remarks such as "Love won't do it all," or "Love won r t 
cover everything/' of "Love is fine, but..." These ex- 
pressions imply that the speaker regards something else 
to be of greater importancd than love. Since God is love 
it would seem very imprudent to downgrade this holy attri- 
bute. Love never fails, and it does control the Christ- 
ian's relationship with his fellow man. 

Love does rebuke and chasten (Heb. 12:6 and Rev. 3:19) 
because its goal is the greatest good for the one to whom 
it is directed. Wise parents understand this and admini- 
ster discipline accordingly. Children will readily sense 
whether chastening is motivated by love or some other 
passion. Because carnal passions are so prevalent, we have 
child abuse laws, but legislation can never take the 
place of love. 

We believe these principles apply in the church. The 
assembly has been authorized by its absent Head to ad- 


minister discipline when necessary, but this can accomp- 
lish its intended purpose only when done in love* That 
purpose is restoration, and Jesus gave His li e blood 
for it. This was the supreme demonstration of love. 

It has been said, "Love is not an emotion but a de- 
cision/' and, "Love is not a feeling but an act of the . 
will." Love does not depend on mutual admiration and 
respect for its existence. If it did, how could God 
love rebellious sinners? This aspect of love seems to 
be widely overlooked. Emotions, feelings, admiration, 
and respect are certainly influenced" by love or the ' 
lack of it. For love to truly thrive there must indeed 
be mutual respect. Godls love is continuously extended 
to man, but it can not burst into full bloom until there 
is a positive response, 

it _ Let us consider some notable New Testament references. 
Jesus Christ said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God 
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all 
thy mind. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." 
(Matt. 22:37 & 39) "Love your enemies." (Matt. 5:44) 
"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one 
another; as I have loved you." (John 13:34) "Continue 
ye in my love." (John 15:9) 

Paul the Apostle in Col. 3:12-14 lists seven Christ- 
ian graces that are to be put on and then adds, "And 
above all these things put on love which is the bond of 
perfectness." In Eph. 5:2, he says, "Walk in love." 
And In Rom. 12:10, "Be kindly affectioned one to another 
with brotherly love." Also in Heb. 13:1, "Let brotherly 
love continue," (and be affixed practice with you. -Amp- 
lified. ) 

Peter the Apostle writes, "Love the brotherhood..." 
(I Peter 2:17) And "Finally, be ye all of one mind, 
having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be 
pitiful, be courteous." (I Peter 3:8) 

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ says in verse 21, 
"Keep yourselves in the love of God." 

Are these options? Are they too difficult to under- 
stand? We believe the answer is obvious. When these 
commandments, which lie at the very heart of Christian- 


ity, are not observed, the individual , the family, and 
the assembly suffer. 

Some more notable references: "He that loveth his 
brother abideth in the light... But he that hateth his 
brother is In darkness. . ." (I John 2:10-11) "Behold, 
what manner of love the father hath bestowed upon us, 
that we should be called the sons of God..." (3:1) n He 
that loveth not .his brother Is not of God. (3:10) "Who- 
soever hateth his brother is a murderer..." (3:15) "If 
a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a 
liar..." (4*20) And best known of all: "For God so 
loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever belie veth in Him should not perish, but 
have everlasting life," (John 3:16) 

In view of all the tremendous statements the Bible 
makes about love, why are there still Smiths and Woods 
who do not like each other? We know God has a subtle, 
crafty enemy who is an accuser of the brethren, but He 
has assured us that nothing shall be able to separate 
us from His love. (Rom. 8:3>) Thank God for the fellow- 
ship of faithful brethren who radiate love. 

The oft repeated phrase, "We have only scratched 
the surface," applies here but then, 

Could we with ink the ocean fill, 

And were the skies of parchment made; 

Were every stalk on earth a quill, 

And every man a scribe by trade; 

To write the love of God above 

Would drain the ocean dry; 

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, 

Though stretched from sky to sky. 

"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the 
I brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure 

heart fervently." (I Peter 1:22) 

— Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 


10 THE PILGRIM _ „__ 


One of the outstanding traits Jesus exemplified when 
He was here was compassion. There are numerous Scrip- 
tures that speak of Jesus having compassion on the 
people . 

The dictionary tells us that compassion is " suffer- 
ing with another with a desire to help,' 1 

Jesus made it very clear that this characteristic 
must be in our lives if we want His mercy and forgiveness, 
He tells us in His own words of the servant who owed 
the great debt and could not pay. He said the lord of 
that servant was m oved with compassion and loosed him 
and forgave him the debt. 

The serva t. then abused his fellowservant who owed 
him a very small amount. His lord then asked him, 
"Shouldest thou not also have had compassion on thy fel- 
lowservant even as I had pity on thee?" He was then 
severely punished. 

Jesus then said,, "So likewise shall my heavenly 
Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive 
not every one his brother their trespasses. 11 

When we have a problem with a brother, or our bre- 
thren, does anyone think that compassion will cause us 
to run about telling his faults or wrongs to anyone who 
will listen? I believe we all know it wouldn l t» 

Compassion caused our Lord not only to suffer with 
us but to also die for us while we were yet sinners I 

Compassion does not so much seek for justice and 
punishment. It seeks for mercy and forgiveness. I 
really believe that if this compassion were exercised, 
our problems and difficulties would be resolved in very 
little time, and we would have a testimony that would 
draw the sinners and rebellious ones to Christ Instead 
Cff turning them away. 

If there is a young person among us who is rebellious 
-or careless, whether it be my son or daughter or yours, 
how do we react? Are we especially kind and loving? 
The Apostle Paul told Timothy that it requires gentle- 
ness, patience, and msekness to help "those who oppose 
themselves^ those who are taken captive by the adver- 


sary. Is this our response? Or are we like some re- 
ligious people whom the lord knew when He was here? 
They were quite careful to keep their distance from the 
sinner. Jesus said that unless our righteousness ex- 
ceeds theirs we will in no case enter the kingdom of 

Peter says that the innocent One received our stripes, 
and by that we are healed. Are we willing to suffer for 
and with the erring one with a desire to help? Or do * 
we want the stripes to be laid on the sinner instead? 

When the Apostle Paul wanted to define love, the 
first thing he said was, "Charity suffereth long and is 
kind. ,J 

May God help us to have compassion for one another 
and for the sinner. If we do this, we will never have 
to answer the question, "Shouldest thou not also have 
had compassion on thy fellowservants?" 

— James Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 



When the prophet told He^ekiah, "Set thy house in 
order, for thou shalt die, and not live," and he in- 
treated the Lord, he was given an extra fifteen years 
to draw near to the Lord. II Peter 3:15: "and account 
that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation..." 
So we should be thankful the Lord gives us time to pie- 
pare to leave this life, even -though it seems to take a 
long time for some of us. 


Do we feel pricks of conscience when reading or 
studying God's Word? If we do, that is the part we 
need to study and clear up in our minds and hearts. As 
we are told "All Scripture is given by inspiration of 
God," I John 3:20: "For if our heart condemn us, God 
is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things." 

12 . _ THE PILGRIM. 

I John 2:28: "And now, little children^ abide in himj 
that when he shall appear , we may have confidence > and 
not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 11 


Thinking takes up a lot of our time, in fact, nearly 
all the time we are awake. When we are working, our 
minds need to control actions, sometimes requiring 
enough skill of both body and mind that each needs sleep. 
Sometimes just one feels the need of sleep. I believe 
thinking is the hardest to turn off if we don T t exer- 
cise it enough to feel tired. The Word of God gives 
us a great variety of things to meditate and think 
out any time we are not sleepy. 


John the Baptist boie witness when he said "Behold 
the Lamb of God, 11 causing Andrew and John, two of John 
the Baptist ! s disciples^ to follow Jesus. Apostle John 
wrote later, n And He is the propitiation for our sins: 
and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the 
whole world. n Jesus showed no favor to that self-right- 
eous nation in which He lived, and that same power has 
endured to this day, unconverted. We must be careful 
we don't build a self-righteousness that excludes and 
judges others as they did. 


Jesus was made subject to like feelings as we are; 
when He went to raise Lazarus from the grave, He was 
moved to tears and wept. In the garden the feeling be- 
came so strong that His sweat became as drops of blood. 
All this was to prepare Him to become our High Priest,, 
to plead our petitions before God. So we should appre- 
ciate what He was willing to do, because He loved us 
and wanted to save us. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Mode sto , California 

THE PILGRIM ______ 13 


But we, after we have thus washed him who had been 
convinced and has assented to our teaching, bring him to 
the place where those who are called brethren are assem- 
bled , in order that we may offer hearty prayers in com- 
mon for ourselves and for the baptised (illuminated) per- 
son, and for all others in every place , that we may be 
counted worthy, now that we have learned the truth, by . 
our works also to be found good citizens and keepers of 
the commandments, so that we may be saved with an ever- 
lasting salvation. Having ended the prayers^ t/e salute 
one another with a kiss. There is then brought to the 
president of the brethren bread and a cup of wine mixed 
with water; and he taking them, gives praise and glory 
to the Father of the universe, through the name of the 
Son and of the Holy Ghost, and offers thanks at consider- 
able length for our being counted worthy to receive these 
things at His hands. And when he has concluded the pray- 
ers and thanksgivings, all the people present express 
their assent by saying Amen. This word- Amen answers in 
the Hebrew language to yevolto (so be it). And when the 
president has given thanks, and all the people have ex- 
pressed their assent, those who are called by us deacons 
give to each of those present to partake of the bread and 
wine mixed with water over which the thanksgiving was 
pronounced, and to those who are absent they carry away 
a portion. 

And we afterwards continually remind each other of 
these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; 
and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith 
we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His 
Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost, And on 
the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the 
country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of 
the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, 
as long as tame permits; then, when the reader has ceased, 


the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the 
imitation of these good things. Then we all rise to- 
gether and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer 
is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the 
president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgiv- 
ings, according to his ability, and the people assent, 
saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a 
participation of that over which thanks have been given, 
and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the 
deacons. Andthey who are well to do, and willing, give 
what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited 
with the president, who succours the orphans and widows, 
and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are 
In want, and those who are in bonds, and the strangers 
sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who 
are in need. But Sunday is the day on which we all hold 
our common assembly, because it is the first day on 
which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and 
matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on 
the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified 
on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the 
day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, 
having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught 
them these things, which we have submitted to you also 
for your consideration. 

From The Ante-Nicene Fathers 

OBERHOLZ^R-OYLER— Shane Oberholzer and Beth Ann Oyler 
were married October 21, 1988, at Goshen, Indiana. 
New Address: 22202 C.R. 38 

Goshen, Ind. 46526 


We brethrei and sisters living at Rio Verde, Brazil, 
have appointed a communion meeting to be held February 
26, 1989. We extend an invitation to all to come 
worship with us. — Wade Flora 




"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 
with God, and the Word was God." (St. John 1:1) 

We have heard children ask, "Who made God? 11 Another 
question is, "Where does God live?" Every living thing 
around us has been created by God. We as adults are 
thankful that you ask these questions. Many times by 
your simple questions you make us dig in "THE WORD," 
to give you an answer. 

Now where does God live? This is a question that 
takes some thinking. True, we could just say in 
Heaven, but there is a better answer. I want to relate 
a true story on this question. The author is now 
thirty years old. 

"In southeastern Poland, a band of gypsies had 
stopped at the well in our courtyard. I was five years 
old at that time. One gypsy, a giant of a man, fascin- 
ated me. He had. pulled a bucketful of water from the 
well and was standing there, feet apart, drinking. 
Some of the water was running down his beard. His mus- 
cular hands held the large wooden pail to his lips as 
if it weighed no more than a teacup , When he had fin- 
ished, he took his multicolored silk scarf and mopped 
his face with it. Then he. leaned over and looked deep 
into the well. Curious, I tried to pull myself up the 
well's stone rim to see what he was looking at. The 
giant noticed me, smiled and scooped me up in his arms. 

"'Do you* know who lives down there? 1 he asked. I 
shook my head. 'God lives there,' he said. 'Look.!' 
and he held me over the edge of the well. 

"There, in the still, mirror-like water, I saw my own 
reflection. 'But that's MEM 

" T Ah,' said the gypsy, gently setting me down. 'Now 
you know where God lives.'" 

— Everett Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 



Just lately I have seen a graphic illustration of 
St, John 15* We moved a few months ago, and at our new 
home we have many fruit trees. As I went through and 
looked at the trees and ate the tasty fruity I came 
across a young peach tree. There was fruit hanging 
heavily on two branches , and as a result, the branches 
were broken. I propped the branches up and hoped they 
would mend j as they had been broken for quite a while. 
A week or so later showed that the props were not 
holding and the fruit was withering away. 

It ! s just like our spiritual lives. We must abide 
in Christ to bear fruit. Our part is to abide in Him. 
If we try of ourselves to be fruitful, we will fail, 
just like the branch on the peach tree trying to bear 
fruit "When it was not attached to the life source. 
But if we abide in Him and His words abide in us we 
shall ask what we will (according to His will) and 
it shall be done unto us. 

May the Lord bless us as we abide in Him and strive 
to be more like Him. 

— Jonathan Garber 
Tuolumne , California 

He Is the Vine — His heavenly root 
Supplies each branch with life and fruit; 
OKI may a lasting union join 
My soul to Christ, the living Vine, 


mTT ^ *v^r««~ Sonora. Calif. 


19201 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL, 35 DECEMBER, 1988 NO. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


Under the stars one holy night 
A little Babe was born 
Over His head a star shone bright 
And glistened till the morn 
And Wise men came from far away 
And Shepherds wondered where He lay 
Upon His lowly bed of hay 
Under the stars one night. 

Under the stars one blessed night 

The Christ Child came to earth 

And from the darkness broke the light 

Of morning at His birth 

And sweet Hosannas filled. the air 

And guardian angels watched. Him where 

The virgin mother knelt in prayer 

Under the stars one night. 

Under the stars this happy night 
We wait for Him once more 
And seem to see the wondrous sight 
The shepherds saw of yore 
Oh 9 Baby born in Bethlehem 
Come to us as You came to them 
And crown us with love's diadem 
Under the stars this night. 

— Author Unknown 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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Did you ever read a good story and become so involved 
in it that you feared for the safety of the main char- 
acters or worried that something unforseen might upset 
things? And then you realize that the author has 
control of the narrative, and he works things out the 
way he wishes In the story. 

God (the Author) is in absolute, perfect control 
todc.y only this is for real. He sees an overall design 
in His universe, but we see only a tiny part that to us 
sometimes seems dangerous. There is not a power in 
heaven or earth that can thwart His plans or change His 
course. We worry and fuss that events will not turn 
out right, or we will fail in any number of ways. We 
need to trust God's power and ability. We need to be 
so in tune with Him that we know He cannot fail. 

For an example, see the way Jesus came as a little 
Baby into the world. We would think that would be a 
dangerous way to bring about salvation that the whole 
world is depending on. His life would be in jeopardy 
at every turn. The whole mission could fail if one 
false step were taken, or if the child sickened and 
died, or if someone kidnapped Him or took His life. 
How limited we are in our fears and misunderstandings! 
Paul later was to write God's words: "My grace is suf- 
ficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in 
weakness.. " Here is the Son of God submitting Himself 
to a position so vulnerable and "weak," and the perfec- 
tion of God*s strength is revealed. Mary trusted and 
surely Joseph trusted and God made the way. Herod 
plotted to kill the One born King of the Jews. As we 
read this account, we shudder to think how nearly Jesus 
escaped death when He was whisked away to Egypt by 
night. But we only need to remember the perfect control 
and accurate timing of God as He brings about His plans. 
Even Satan and all his diabolic power cannot out-guess. 
God. Herod slew the children of Bethlehem ajid perhaps 


thought he had won. But Jesus, far from being vulner- 
able to this evil ruler, was safe in Egypt, under better 
protection than all the armies of the world could give. 

He grew up in Nazareth, We would think by Nathan- 
iel's question (Can there any good thing come out of 
Nazareth?) that Nazareth would be a poor place to rear 
a special Child. IIFrLdently it was a place of low morals 
and mixed religions. How could a child or youth come 
through a place like that without harm? As proof of 
their character, the people of Nazareth tried to kill 
Jesus as He ministered to them later. Actually, Jesus 
was as- safe in His childhood in Nazareth as He was. later 
on the brow of the hill when they tried to n cast Him down 
headlong M and He simply passed "through the midst of 
them" and went His way. 

Being born in a stable and laid in a manger would 
seem to our germ-conscious society a sad mistake. 
Surely He would contract some evil disease and die in 
need of antibiotics which they lacked in those days. 
How limited Is our vision as mortalsl God doesn't slum- - 
ber or sleep In His tender care for His own. 

Sleep, Holy Babe 

Upon Thy mother 1 s breast; 

Great Lord of earth of sea and sky, 

How sweet it is to see Thee lie 

In such a place of rest. 

But what about us? We are not so special or impor- 
tant. Does God care for us? Is our life indeed ordered 
of God and protected in such a way that we need never 
fear or fret for the future? Yes., if we are God^ 
children, no real harm can come to us. Our Father is 
the Ruler and Creator of the universe and has the whole 
world in His hands. Listen to Jesus 1 words to His dis- 
ciples: (Luke 21:16-19) M And ye shall be. betrayed 
both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and 
friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to 
death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's 
sake . But there shall not an hair of your head perish . 
In your patience possess ye your souls. " 


The birth of Jesus into the world and the fulfill- 
ment of God's plan by Him assure us of forgiveness 
and salvation. This very execution of the plan through 
all manner of seeming risks and dangers assures us that 
we, too, are in God's hands and therefore safe. — L.C. 


"Oh, here's the perfect gift for my husband!" 

"What do you think my little granddaughter would 
think of this toy?" 

"I'm looking for something for a teenager with 

"What should I give my mother in the nursing home?" 

These or similar remarks can be heard many times 
over in our crowded stores as we approach another 
Christmas Day. 

We all enjoy giving and receiving gifts, don't we? 
What's wrong with that? Nothing. We know there are 
blessings in both, but now let's look at some gifts 
that cannot be bought in any store for any price in 
any season. 

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God 
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above." 
(James 1:17) 

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that 
not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." (Eph. 2:8) 

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift . " 
(II Cor. 9:15) 

As you can see, God gives gifts, too. His gifts 
unlike ours, are eternal, perfect, saving, and unspeak- 
able. Nothing from the stores can meet our needs as 
He can from His storehouse of riches, for did not He 
create us? His gifts, unspeakable though they be, will 
do" us no good if we do not accept them and gratefully 
use them. H e has promised to help us with that, too. 

Need a few suggestions for your gift list for giving 
any time of the year? Want to give something that is 


not deflating to your bank balance, taxing to a cashier, 
expanding to a waistline ^ and is never out of style? 
How about the spiritual gift Paul wrote about to the 
Romans?" "I long to see you that I may impart to you 
some spiritual gift to make you strong — That is that 
you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other l s 
faith. 11 (Rom. 1:11 & 12 NIV) Or how about a « fruit" 
basket? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love,, joy, 
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness^ 
gentleness, and self-control." (Gal. 6:22 NIV) If we 
give gifts like these, the recipients will not be found 
in the "Refund" or "Exchange" line later because, "I 
don't need it" or "It doesn't fit." 

We can give countless gifts like these and only be 
the richer for it. 

— Elva Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 


Then I saw In my dream, that when they were got 
out of the wilderness, they presently saw a town 
before them, and the name of that town is Vanity; 
and at the town there is a fair kept, called Van- 
ity Fair. It is kept all the year long. It bear- 
eth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town 
where it is kept is lighter than vanity (Ps. 62:9), 
and also because all that is there sold, or that 
cometh thither^ is vanity; as It is the saying of 
the wise "All that cometh is vanity" (Eccl. 11:8). 
The happiest state of a Christian is the holiest 
state. As there is. most heat nearest to the sun., so 
there is most happiness nearest to Christ. No Christ- 
ian enjoys comfort when his eyes are fixed on vanity. 
I do not blame ungodly men for rushing to their plea- 
sures. Let them have their fill. That is all they 
have to enjoy, but Christians must seek their delights 
in a higher sphere than the insipid frivolities of the 
world. Vain pursuits are dangerous to renewed soula. 


Now, as I said, the way to the Celestial City lies 
just through this town where this lusty fair is kept; 
and he that would go to the city , and yet not go 
through this town, "must needs go out of the world 1 . 1 
(I Cor. 5:10) 

When weary of the strife and sin that meets you on 
every hand, consider that all the saints have endured 
the same trial. They were not carried on beds of down 
to heaven, and you must not expect to travel more easily 
than they. They had to hazard their lives unto the 
death in the high places of the field, and you will not 
be crowned till you also have endured hardness as a good 
soldier of Jesus Christ. Therefore, "stand fast in the 
faith, quit you like men, be strong ." 

"Nov/ these pilgrims, as I said, must needs go 
through this fair. Well, so they did; but, behold, 
even as they entered into the fair, all the people 
in the fair were moved, and the town itself, as it 
were, in a hubbub about them, and that for several 
reasons: For, 

"First, The pilgrims were clothed with such kind 
of raiment as was diverse from the raiment of any 
that tradedin that fair. The people, therefore, of 
the fair made a great gazing upon themi Some said 
they were fools; some, they were bedlams; and some 
they were outlandish men. (I Cor. 4:9) 

Secondly, And as they wondered at their apparel, 
so they did likewise at their speech; for few could 
understand what they said. They naturally spoke 
the language of Canaan; but they that kept the fair 
were men of this world. So that from one end of the 
fair to the other, they seemed barbarians each to 
the other (I Cor. 2:7,81" 

If you follow Christ fully, you will be sure to be 
called by some ill name or other. They will say how 
singular you are. If you become a true Christian, you 
will soon be a marked man. They will say, "How odd he 
is!" "How singular she is!" They will think that we 
try to make ourselves remarkable, when in fact, we are 


only conscientious and are endeavoring to obey the will 
of God. 

They will say, "Why you are old-fashioned! You be- 
lieve the same old things that they used to believe in 
Oliver Cromwell T s day — those old Puritanical doctrines.' 1 
They laugh at our faith and assert that we have lost 
our liberty. 

"This fair is no new erected business, but a 
thing of ancient standing. I will show you the 

original of it. 

"Almost five thousand years ago there were pilgrims 
walking to the Celestial City, as these two honest 
persons are; and Beelzebub, Apollyon, and Legion, 
with their companions, perceiving by the path that 
the pilgrims made, that their way to the city lay 
through this town of Vanity, they contrived here to 
set up a fair^ a ^ a ^ r wherein should be sold all 
sorts of vanity, and that it should last all the 
year long. Therefore at this fair are all such mer- 
chandise sold as houses, lands, trades, places, 
honours, preferments, titles, countries, kingdoms, 
lusts, pleasures; and delights of all sorts, as 
harlots, wives, husbands, children, masters, ser- 
vants 1 lives, blood, bodies, souls, silver, gold, 
pearls, precious stones, and what not." 
There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells 
of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, 
and the cup of the dissolute; all these men know to be 
vanities. They wear upon their forefront their proper 
name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally 
vain things, the cares of this world, and the deceit- 
fulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly 
in the counting-house, as in the theatre. If he be 
spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days 
in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ and make our 
God the great object of life, we only differ in appear- 
ance from the most frivolous. 

It is the sweetness of sin that makes it the more 
dangerous. Satan never sells his poisons naked; he al- 
ways gilds them before he vends them. Beware of plea- 


sures. Many of them are innocent and healthful, but 
many are destructive. It is said that where the most 
beautiful cacti grow, there the most venomous serpents 
lurk. It is so with sin. Your fairest pleasures will 
harbor your grossest sins. Take carel Cleopatra's asp 
was introduced in a basket of flowers. Satan offers to 
the drunkard the sweetness of the intoxicating cup. 
He gives to each of us the offer of our peculiar joy; 
he tickleth us with pleasures, that he may lay hold 

of us * — C. H. Spurgeon 

(To Be Continued) 


We hear much lately about the next President. During 
lunch time at work, that is the biggest thing talked 

about. They say if gets elected, this will happen. 

Others say if gets elected, it will be a disaster. 

It is amazing to me why God's children can't realize, 
no matter who gets elected, God is still in control. 
It isn't so distrubing when I hear the world talk this 
way, because that is all they are living for. But, 
when I hear professing Christians all wound up about 
this "WORLD'S SYSTEM" , I wonder who they are living 
for. Are we living for God or the world? 

We know Satan is out to get us, and he doesn't care 
how it is done. If he can get us all worked up over 
worldly things, his work is well on the way. Election 
year seems to be getting in the minds of Christians 
more each time* They say, "We have to do something 
about this." Many times we sing, "Jesus I my cross 
have taken, All to leave and follow Thee, Naked, poor, 
despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shalt be." 
If we truly have left all and want to follow Jesus, we 
will heed His words in John 18:36: "My kingdom is not 
of this world, if my kingdom were of this world, then 
would my servants fight." I realize Jesus wasn't talk- 
ing about the next election, but the principle is the 
same. Jesus is saying that if I AM a servant of His, 
I will let the world take care of it's own affairs. 


A Time to Weep -L.C. Oct 
Because He Lives -L.C. Mar/Apr 

Be Strong for 1988 -L.C. Jan 

Church Dinners -Linda Frick Jul 

Compassion -James Beery Nov 

Darwin 5 the Believer -Oswald J # Smith Jun 

Do You Kjiow Me? -Selected Jan 

"Draw Nigh to God..." -Everett Oyler Jun 

Gifts ,,-Elva Royer Dec 
God has Chosen the Foolish Things of the. World. . . 

-Kenneth Barber Feb Mar/Apr 

God is Love -Harold Royer Nov 

God's' Children and Politics -Everett Gyler Dec 

Hope ^Elva Royer Aug 
How to be' Productive -Mrs. Cleon Martin <■ , Aug 
Keeping His Commandments ( concluded) -Kenneth* MartinJan 

Know God -Mary La vy May 

Jesus Loves Children -L.C. Sep 
Men Pleasers — God Pleasers -Lloyd Wagner . Aug 

Missing Children -David Skiles ' Aug 

Our Responsibility as Parents -Violet Flora Jan. 

Peace -Susie Sell Jan 

Power for the Weak Ones -L.C. May 
Realms of Reality and Calvary -Ron Cable . Mar/Apr 

Reflections -Elma Moss Oct 

Rescue -L.C. Jul 

Rise Up and Do It -Violet Flora May 

Salt Substitutes -J§mes Hite Oct 

Security in Christ r-L.C. Dec 

Star Thistle -L.C. Jun 

Thanksgiving -L.C. Nov 

Vanity Fair -CH. Spurgeon Dec 

Watch and Be Ready -Ifeil Martin Sep 

Water of Life -L.C. Aug 

What Do You Write? -Sel. by Bertie Baker Feb 

What Will We" Give in Exchange... -Violet' Flora Jul 

When Two Fell Out -Sel. by Rhonda Cable Feb 

Unity -L f C. Feb 

Sinner's Sermon -Sel. by Susie Sell Sep 

CHILDREN' S PAGE by Everett Oyler 

Sand or Rock? Jan 
Bee Polite Feb Bee Honest Mar/Apr 

Honesty Pays May 

Make Good Choices Jun 

The Destroying Monster Jul 

Do Your Best Aug 

Remember What You Are Taught Sep . 

How is Your Vision? Oct 

Reflections in a Well - Nov 

God's Perfect Plan Dec 


For Youth -Elva Royer Jan 

Friends -Ina Cover Feb 

To Die or to Live -Miriam Coning Mar/Apr 

Scars -Sel. by Nancy Oyler " May 

Tomorrow -Delia Leitner Jun 

Splash of Life -Peter Cover Jul 

Unfailing Mercies -Rosanna Cover Aug 

Christianity -Sarah Cover Sep 

Young People all Attention Give Sep 

Thoughts on Thoughts -Peter Cover Oct 

Fruit Bearing -Jonathan Garber Nov 

Success or Failure? -Selected Dec 

HISTORICAL From The Ante-Nicene Fathers 

Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians Jan 

The Encyclical Epistle of the Church of Smyrna Feb 

Concerning the Martyrdom of the Holy Polycarp, Mar/Apr 

Epistle to the Ephesians - May 

Epistle of Ignatius Jun 

Epistle of Barnabas Jul Aug Sep , 

Justin Martyr Oct ' 

The First Apology of Justin Nov 
Martyrdom of Justin, Chariton, Charites, Paeon, 

Liberianus Dec 


MEDITATIONS by Ernest Wagner 

Natural Affection , Jan 

Measuring Ourselves; Wants or Needs? Feb 

The Truth; Correction Mar/Apr 

I Faith; New Covenant May- 
Joy in Heaven; Communion; Filling our Places; 

jf Hiding Jun 

Messages to Churches; Tribulation Jul 

Building Strength; Knowledge of Good and Evil Aug 

Competition; Sufferings; Saving Grace Sep 

Our Great Trial; Temporal or Eternal Oct 
Setting our House in Order; Pricks of Conscience; 

Thinking; The Lamb- of God; Heartfelt Emotion Nov 

Communicating; An Open Door Dec 


A Child of the King -Edith. Young Mar/Apr 

Acts 3:1-10,16 -Lloyd Wagner Feb 

Breathe on' Me -Edwin Hatch May 

Give Me Jesus -Fanny Crosby Feb 

Greater is He That is in You -Elizabeth Royer Jun 
Great God We Sing That Mighty Hand . 

-Philjp Doddridge Jan 

Gulf! -Joseph I, Cover .... Dec 
He Is Risen -Everett Oyler Mar/Apr 

I Met the Master.., -Sel. by Everett Cyler Aug 

Let God be Glorified -Miriam Sauder Jan 

Living for Jesus -Thomas Chisholm Oct 

Looking Unto God -Samuel Longfellow^ Jul 

Marriage Bond -James Hite Jun 
Near to Thy Heart -J;ohn Peterson 

gel.. by Rosanna Cover.., Sep 

Lord of Heaven and *Earth and Sea -Wordsworth Nov 

One Day at a Time -Annie Johnson Flint Oct 

Our Love is a Consuming Fire -Ron Cable Jun 

Prayer Answered -Sel. by Betty Beery Aug 
See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph -Wordsworth Mar/Apr 

St. Jjuke 19:40 -June Fountain Aug 

Suffering -James Hite Sep 


Suffer the Children -L.C. Se P 

The Bible -Walter Scott -Sel, by Bertie Baker Nov 
The One Who Stubbed His Toe -Sel by Everett Oyler May 
The Way of the Cross Leads' to God - 

-Sel. By Susan Coning Oct 

There is no Power in Me -L.C. May 
Thou Truest Friend Man Ever Knew 

-Sel. by Bertie Baker Sep 

Under the Stars -Unknown . -Dec 

Unthankful? -L.C. Nov 

Where Will You Be? -Whitey Gleason Jan 


Liana Huffman Jun 23 David Wagner Sep 11 

Rhoda Cover Sep 4 Jeffrey Hilty Sep 18 
Wanda Hilty Sep 11 



Kristi Ellen Royer Jan 1? Kaitlin Victoria Boone Aug 4 

Merry Rose Brubaker Feb 1 Sarah Victoria Stanton Jul 14 

Kurtis Lavern Cable May 25 Stella Beth Martin Sep 20 

Andrew Mark Bowser Jul 26 Malcolm Wayne Royer Sep 28 


Harry Hubler & Miriam Garber May 15 

Daniel Beery & Miriam Coning May 28 

Chris Crawmer & Jill Flora Jun 4 

Dan Garber & Joanne Garber Jul 17 

Shane Oberholzer & B§th Ann Oyler Oct 21 


Goldie Evelyn Hall Mar 1 

Kevin Lee Martin May .20 

Leah (Royer) Skiles - Jun 13 

Postal Code Amos, Edna^ Bertie, & Isaac Baker: L6A 1S2 


If I AM NOT His servant, I will jump in and fight. Paul 
sums it up as to our responsibilities towards these 
things. "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, sup- 
plications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, 
be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in 
authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life 
in all godliness and honesty." (I Timothy 2:1-2) 

When reading a book I came across a section titled, 
n The Gift of Serving Quiet and Unnoticed." It stated how 
it was strange that missionaries today aren't what they 
used to be. He mentioned William Carey and how he 
changed the history of India. Carey had a sister who 
lay paralysed in bed for fifty years and couldn't speak 
properly most of the tjuuie. "Propped up in bed, she 
wrote lengthy letters of encouragement to Carey and 
prayed continually for him. If we do not have mission- 
aries like Carey today, it may be because they do not 
have Prayer helpers like Carey ! s sister." 

I know we have heard people say hoxtf the government 
and nation are going down hill. Could it be that we as 
God T s children have failed to be prayer helpers as we 
should. Remember the GIFT OF SERVING, QUIET AND UN- 
NOTICED. Although Carey 1 s sister had a great handicap, 
she was also a great asset to those she loved. Someone 
has said, "No nation has better citizens than the par- 
ents who teach their children how to pray." 

What do you think about when you hear the word poli- 
tics? I think of someone promising something they can ! t 
fulfill. They will say anything to get another vote. 
They also sling mud at the opposite party. Lying and 
mud-slinging are not the examples of Jesus. This power 
struggle Is nothing new. In II Samuel 15, we read an 
account that sounds like our times today in a lot of 
ways: "And it came to pass after this, that Absalom 
prepared hiir chariots and horses, and fifty men to run 
before him. And Absalom rose up early, and stood be- 
side the way of the gate: and it xvas so, that when any 
man that had a controversy came to the king for judg- 
ment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what 
city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of 


the tribes of Israel. And Absalom said unto him, See, 
thy matters are good and right; but there is no man de- 
puted of the king to hear thee. Absalom said moreover, 
Oh,that I were made judge in the land, that every man 
which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I 
253 do hi. justice! And it was so, that when any man 
came nigh to him to do him obexsance, he put forth his 
hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner 
did ibsalom to all Israel that came to the king for 
iudgment; so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of 
Israel." Absalom tried to steal the throne from his 
father. Therefore there is nothing new in politics today. 

— Everett Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 



Hark the singing in the sky, 
Angel hosts are praising, 

Glory be to God on high 
Hallelujahs raising. 

Peace on earth, good will to men 
Shepherds hear in wonder; 

Sin's dividing gulf to span 
Man had rent asunder. 

Jesus comes the lowly child 

Sleeping in the manger. 
Saves from every tempest wild 

Rescues us from danger ♦ 

When upon the cross He died, 
Entered death's cold prison; 

Angels soon in victory cried, 
Christ the Lord has risen. 

— Joseph I* Gover 
December 10, 1964 



In the time of the lawless partisans of idolatry, 
wicked decrees were passed against the godly Christians 
in town and country, to force them to offer libations 
to vain idols j and accordingly the holy men, having been 
apprehended, were brought before the prefect of Rome, 
Rusticus by name, And when they had been brought before 
his judgment-seat, Rusticus the prefect said to Justin, 
"Obey the gods at once^ and submit to the kings," Justin 
said, "To obey the commandments of our Saviour Jesus 
Ghrist is worthy neither of blame noi of condemnation." 
Rusticus, the prefect said, "What kind of doctrines do 
you profess?" Justin said, "I have endeavoured to learn 
all doctrines; but I have acquiesced at test in the true 
doctrines, those namely of the Christians, even though 
they do not please those who hold false opinions." 
Rusticus the prefect said, "Are those the doctrines that 
please you, you utterly wretched man?" Justin scid, 
"Yes, since I adhere to them with right dogma." Rus- 
ticus the prefect said, "What is the dogma?" Justin 
said, "That according to which we worship the God of the 
Christians, whom we reckon to be One from the beginning, 
the Maker and Fashioner of the whole creation, visible 
and invisible; and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, 
who had also been preached beforehand by the prophets as 
about to be present with the race of men, the Herald of 
salvation and Teacher of good disciples, And I, being 
a mar, think that what I can say is insignificant in 
comparison with His boundless divinity, acknowledging a 
certain prophetic power, since it was prophesied concern- 
ing Him of whom no^ r I say that He is the Son of God. 
For I know that of old the prophets foretold His appear- 
ance among men." 

Rusticus the prefect said, "Where do you assemble?" 
Justin said, "Where each one chooses and can: for do 
you fancy that we all meet in the very same pi; ce? Not 
so; because the God of the Christians is not circumscribed 


by place; but being invisible, fills heaven and earth, 
and everywhere is worshipped and glorified by the faith- 
ful, " Rusticus the prefect said, n Tell me where you 
assemble j or into what place do you collect your fol- 
lowers? 11 Justin slid j "I live above one Martimus, at 
the Timiotinian Bath:; and during the whole time (and I 
am now living in Rome for the second time) I am unaware 
of any other meeting than his. And if any one wished 
to come to me, I communicated to him the doctrines of 
truth. 11 Rusticus said, "Are you not, then, a Christian?" 
Justin said 3 "Yes, I am a Christian." 

Then said the prefect Rusticus to Chariton, "tell me 
further, Chariton, are you also a Christian?" Chariton 
said, ". .-.; s a Christian by the command of God." Rusti- 
cus the prefect asked the woman Charito, "What say you, 
Charito?"- Charito said, "I am a Christian by the grace 
of God*" Rusticus said to Euelpistus, "And what are 
you?" Euelpistus, a servant of Caesar, answered, "I 
too am a Christian, having been freed by Christ; and by 
the grace of Christ I partake of the same hope. 11 Rusti- 
cus the prefect .said to Hierax, "And you, are you a 
Christian?" Hierax said, "Yes, I am a Christian, for 
I revere and worship the same God." Rusticus the pre- 
fect said, "Did Justin make you Christian?" Hierax 
said, "I was a Christian, and will be a Christian." 
And Paeon stood up and said, "I too am a Christian." 
Rusticus the prefect said, "Who taught you?" Paeon 
said, "From our parents we received this good confess- 
ion," Euelpistus said, "I willingly heard the words of 
Justin. But from my parents also I learned to be a 
Christian." Rusticus the prefect said, "Where are your 
parents?" Euelpistus said, n In Cappadocia." Rusticus 
says to Hierax, "Where are your parents?" And he ans- 
wered, and said, "Christ is our true father, and faith 
in Him is our mother; and my earthly parents died; and 
I, when I was driven from Iconium in Phrygia, came here." 
Rusticus the prefect said to Liberianus, "And what say 
you? Are you a Christian, and unwilling to worship 
(the gods)?" Liberianus said, "I too am a Christian, 
for I worship and reverence the only true God # " 


The prefect says to Justin, "Hearken, you who are 
called learned, and think that you know true doctrinesj 
if you are scourged and beheaded, do you believe you 
will ascend into heaven?" Justin said, n I hope that, 
if I endure these things, I shall have His gifts ." For 
I know that, to all who have thus lived, there abides 
the divine favour until the completion of the whole 
world," Rusticus the prefect said, "Do you suppose, 
then, that you will ascend into heaven to receive some 
recompense?" Justin said, ""I do not suppose it, but I 
know and am fully persuaded of it," Rusticus the pre- 
fect said, "Let us, then, now come to the matter in 
hand, and which presses. Having come together, offer 
sacrifice with one accord to the gods," Justin said, 
"No right-thinking person falls away from piety to im- 
piety." Rusticus the prefect said, "Unless ye obey, ye 
shall be mercilessly punished." Justin- said, "Through 
prayer we can be saved on account of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, even when we have been punished, because this 
shall become to us salvation and confidence at .the -more 
fearful and universal judgment-seat of our Lord and 
Saviour." Thus also said the other martyrs: "Do what 
you will, for we are Christians, and do not sacrifice 
to idols." 

Rusticus the prefect pronounced sentence, saying, 
"Let those who have refused to sacrifice to the gods and 
to yield to the command of the emperor be scourged, and 
led away to suffer the punishment of decapitation, ac- 
cording to the laws." The holy martyrs having glorified 
God, and having gone forth to the accustomed place, were 
beheaded, and perfected their testimony in the confess- 
ion of the Saviour. And some of the faithful having 
secretly removed their bodies, laid them in a suitable 
place, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ having 
wrought along with them, to whom be glory for ever and 
ever. Amen. 

— From The Ante-Nicene Fathers 




"Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto 
him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; 
God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:6,7) So we understand 
we each have an opportunity to help one another by ex- 
changing our thoughts, with one another. Jesus said^ 
n ...Ye know that they v/hich are accounted to rule over 
the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their 
great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall 
it not be among you... n (Mark 10:42,43) 

Don T t we see this carnal temptation exercised among 
many denominations today, even to the extent of writing 
a book of rules and regulations to be observed with 
the word. My hope Is that through the efforts and 
prayers of many we may be able to overcome some of the 
mistakes of the past and have closer fellowship among 
believers.. I realize this is a very touchy subject, and 
we can T t review past events and try to judge one another, 
but all realise our own' mistaken ideas. 


Revelation 3:8: "I know thy works: behold, I have 

set before thee an onen door, and no man can shut it: 

for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, 

and hast not denied my name." I believe the Lord gave 

these admonitions and blessings to the churches at that 

time, and they apply ail through the Gospel age under 

similar conditions. So we should take full advantage 

of the blessing offered. _ L Tr 

— Ernest Wagner 


We brethren and sisters living at Rio Verde, Brazil ? 
have appointed a communion meeting to be held February 
26, 1989 • We extend an invitation to all to come 
worship with us. 

' — Wade Flora 




In 1923 a very important meeting was held at the 
Beach Hotel in Chicago. Attending this meeting were 
some of the world's most successful financiers: 

the president of the largest independent steel company 
the president of the largest utility company 
the president of the largest gas company 
the greatest wheat speculator 
the president of the New York Stock Exchange 
a member of the president's cabinet 
the greatest [I bear" on Wall Street 
the head of the world's largest monopoly 
the president of the Bank for International 

Certain^ we must admit that here was gathered a 
group of the world's most successful men — at least, 
men who had found the secret of "making money." 
Twenty- five years later: 

The president of the largest independent steel com- 
pany: died a bankrupt, and had lived on borrowed mon- 
ey for five years before his death. 
The president of the National City Bank: still alive 
The president of the greatest utility company: died 
a fugitive from justice and penniless in a foreign .land. 
The president of the largest gas company: went insane. 
The president of the New York Stock Exchange: was re- 
leased from Sing Sing Penitentiary. 
The member of the President's cabinet: was pardoned 
so he could die at home. 

The greatest wheat speculator: died abroad, insolvent. 
The greatest "bear" on Wall Street: died a suicide. 
The president of the Bank for International Settle- 
ments: died a suicide. 

These men had learned well the art of making money, 
but not one of them had learned what to live for. 



We all know the story of Baby Jesus, There was no 
place but the manger to lay this SPECIAL BABY, 

When King Herod had heard about Jesus , he and all 
Jerusalem were troubled. Herod gathered the chief 
priests and scribes together, and asked where this "Baby" 
was to be born. The scribes and priests said it was 
written by the prophet that out of Bethlehem shall come 
a Governor that shall rule my people Israel, Herod 
called the wise men together and told them to search for 
the young Child. They were to tell Herod where He was. 
Herod pretended to want to worship Him, but instead, he 
wanted to destroy Him. Do you know why Herod wanted to 
kill Baby Jesus? Because he knew this Jesus was to be- 
come a ruler of the people, and that was a threat to him* 

When the wise men had found Jesus and offered their 
gifts, they left for their own country another way. God 
had warned the wise men in a dream, that Herod wanted to 
kill Jesus. That is why they didn't want to tell Herod. 
After the wise men had left, the Angel of the Lord ap- 
peared to Joseph and told him to take the Child and His 
mother into Egypt. u For Herod will seek to destroy 
Him." When Herod saw that he was mocked by the wise 
men, he becajne very angry. All the children that were 
two- years old and younger that lived in Bethlehem and 
the surrounding coasts were ordered to be killed. This 
was a sad time. for the mothers that had small children. 

Sometimes we wonder why things happen a as they do, but 
we know THE MASTER has a perfect plan for each of us. 

—Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379